His mom sniffled dabbing at a tear, “Shelly, will you get me some hot tea?”

“Why tea,” he asked genuinely curious.

“Because I’m upset.”

“But why tea?”

“Because its warm and comforting.”

“But there are lots of warm beverages, “Mulled cider, wassail, hot buttered rum, cappuccino, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or…”

“Sheldon! When someone’s upset you offer them a warm beverage, and if its a crying adult you give them tea,” she paused waiting for the next question.

“Oh…alright then,” he said with a shrug of his shoulders. “When do you give someone coffee?”

Mary looked to the heavens and prayed for strength.


Ah how I would love to see a flashback episode of a young Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. He could be quietly building his sonic death ray gun, searching for his sister’s pet hamster Snowball, or learning how to deal with the older yet less intelligent inhabitants of his Texas abode. All would be hilarious to me. So for your reading pleasure I have attempted to explain how Sheldon’s understanding of non-optional social conventions began, I hope it makes you smile 🙂


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The story is based off the prompt on 100 word challenge for grown ups.

The prompt this week is:

…tea, coffee, hot chocolate or…

Take it where you will but remember only 105 words in total that are suitable for a PG certificate.

The link will close at midnight on Sunday 19th January