The Struggling Artist

June 30th, 2010

The Struggling Artist - Babies

“Remember those plastic easels that we had as a kid? One day while I was visiting my grandparents, my marker fell underneath mine, and it collapsed on top of me. My “concerned” parents decided to wait a bit to see if I could free myself. Mom is taking the picture, and Dad can barely be seen on the left.”

(submitted by Mitch)

79 Responses to “The Struggling Artist”

  1. Jessica says:

    I love the can of paint next to the play pen. Hmm……

  2. Dan says:

    Son are you ok? Wait before you answer, lets us get one pic, then we’ll call the ambulance!
    Too funny!

  3. Stephanie says:

    The parents should have written on the chalkboard “ouch”. It seems they had plenty of time.

  4. Stephanie says:


  5. Dawnieangel76 says:

    Yup, sounds like our family. If there was no sobbing, no blood, and no bones tearing through the skin, it was a photo op…and a story to repeat ad nauseum for the rest of your life. Repeated most gleefully to new friends, new dates, etc.

    • scruffy says:

      Yeah. My family too. My mother never bothered as long as there was no blood.

      But with two manic boys, it’s a fine line from everything being fine to blood spurting, that explains why my brother and I have so many scars. πŸ˜‰

  6. Carrie says:

    We bought our son one of those orange and yellow pedal cars for his first birthday, sat him inside, and watched as he pushed back and then fell through the bottom. I wish I had filmed that event, his little legs were sticking out under the front like a mini auto mechanic. Ah, memories!

  7. cdean says:

    Oh. My. God. How is this even real?

  8. Beckie says:

    On a personal note…this looks just like a cabin I stayed in last year on the Shanandoah in VA, driveway had a red gate…?

  9. Gigi says:

    I say sue your grandparents for installing a faulty easel. Your back still hurts to this day, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰ (okay, just kidding)

  10. Teresa says:

    I’m kinda afraid this is the kind of parent I’m going to be. Afraid, and excited…. weeee, this is going to be fun!!!

  11. Teresa says:

    The caption is brilliant! (as always – you guys are hilarious)

  12. Joanne says:

    Hasn’t it been said that sometimes great artists have to suffer for the sake of their art? Fortunately the only thing this kid hurt was his pride.

  13. carol says:

    Oh honey, Mitch injured himself! Quick get the camera!

  14. Alan says:

    I guess Michaelangelo practised his art in this position before he embarked on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel

  15. Missy says:

    “Should we see if she is okay?”

    “WAIT! I want this for the scrapbook, either way! Just let me snap a picture first then we will ‘rush’ her to the ER.”

    (I actually do think this is hilarious that your mom shot a picture of this. There are a few parent moments that their children’s mishaps can be a little funny, assuming no one is hurt. Obviously you weren’t, so we have a winner.)

    • Missy says:

      Oh by the way, sorry I referred to you as “she”
      I had not read the name behind the story and certainly I couldn’t see the face very well, so assumed.

  16. Jessie says:

    I think I love the stories that sometimes get posted to describe than the actual photos themselves.

  17. Don says:

    If Dad had been on his game he would have used the chalkboard side and sketched the son’s middle section like it was an x-ray screen.

  18. Amice says:

    Parents….You can’t live *with* them; er, um….

  19. Jawakor says:

    That is sooo funny!! Cant believe the mum and dad though, so mean (bit VERY funny)! Lobe it

  20. Kate says:

    Forget about Flat Stanley. They had their very own flat Mitch!

  21. cheryl says:

    This is too funny! I am glad your parents made you a self reliant kid. Too many parents rescue thier kids.

  22. Jen says:

    Running and getting the camera is definitely a priority… otherwise how will you have proof? lol

    @Shawna & Ali — You know, I actually did something similar to my husband. He was goofing around and harassing me as we walked home to our apartment complex. As we passed through the gate, he turned and ran right into a metal piece that was sticking out at face level… After laughing for a few seconds, I looked at him and said “You know that better not leave a scar…” (as our wedding was only two weeks away).

  23. cammy says:

    His artistic goals are forever crushed!

  24. North says:

    Those lifeless feet sticking out is almost haunting, yet very funny.

    Oh look, little Mitch spilled red paint all over his body, hehehehe…..oh wait….

  25. Jak says:

    They were just trying to make sure you’d have plenty to talk about in therapy someday.

  26. Ms Plow says:

    That is GREAT!!

  27. Denise says:

    From the angle of the photo, it looks like Mom maybe even went upstairs to get the best shot!

  28. MamaStNick says:

    As a mom of a 2 yr old and an 8 mos old…I find I take pics rather than hurry to get involved. Makes for funnier stories when they get older as this pic proves!

  29. Shawna says:

    @Ali…my mother did the same thing. I actually fell into the tree, via a shoddy rocking chair and all my mother could say was “Oh, my tree!”

    This pic is great. I love it.

  30. cmfalls says:

    Our teenaged daughter got caught between the front seats in our car once. Before helping her get free, my husband ran into the house to get the camera. You HAVE to have priorities! πŸ˜€

  31. Snowrider says:

    I’m more concerned about that really keen 8 track player/beta max in the background!

  32. John III says:

    I had a one of those baby chairs with wheels and a tray attached in front. Somehow one day I crawled down to where my feet go and got stuck. And yup, my parents did the same thing…grabbed the camera. Now if only I could find that picture for this website…hmmm.

  33. Lava Girl says:

    This is freakin’ hilarious…. happy to know you survived the accident… πŸ™‚

  34. Erika says:

    To be fair to your parents: you did get out, didn’t you!

  35. MeToo says:

    Well, like all great artists, you must suffer for your art!

  36. j-lu says:

    this is an adorable picture – way to chalk it up to self-sufficiency (sorry for unadorable pun)!

  37. custom148 says:

    Hopefully his parents will help him before he suffocates. lol

  38. Jenny says:

    So.. DID you free yourself? Hehe!

  39. Nosilas says:

    This is what happens when the parents don’t give the kid a blanket. I admire him for his creativity… no pun intended.

  40. Riss says:

    My rule of thumb is if the kid still can’t get up in an hour then I extend a hand. Stave off that sense of entitlement early.

  41. adfogg says:

    Mitch was crushed by the critic’s reviews of his art.


    Vincent tried this to get attention just before he cut off his ear.

  42. Alli says:

    sorry, but that’s hilarious! Reminded me of the time the DECORATED christmas tree fell on me. My mom didn’t go for the camera, but she said “oh, I hope no ornaments broke!” Thanks, mom.

  43. Itchy says:

    You dug your own hole. Good value parents for teaching you nature.

  44. Chad says:

    “What doesn’t kill ’em will only make ’em stronger.”

  45. Lila says:

    Okay, I’m kind of dying to know if he freed himself or if his parents eventually gave in.

  46. Hugh says:

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  47. Nick says:

    You must have grown up to be one heck of an independent person. Happy Independence Day, by the way!

  48. Janellionaire says:

    Sounds like your parents took their methods from those of sea turtles.

  49. eh says:

    haha thanks for the laugh! i really needed it!

  50. Ducky says:

    Annnd, for my next magical trick, it is no longer an easel, it is now a “sandwich” board

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