Pulling a Hooey

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m rather… how shall I say it… accident prone. It’s always amused me because I’m very coordinated when it comes to sports, but give me a wide stretch of carpet and I’m bound to run into a wall or trip over my feet.

My friends have noticed this phenomenon (yes, I think it’s an phenomenon) and while camping in Kentucky last month, Bug walked into a railing and yelled back that she just pulled a Hooey.

That’s right. My clumsiness has become a part of their vernacular.

I didn’t think much of it until last week another friend put on her Facebook status that she’d pulled a Hooey with a dull eyeliner pencil and a cup of coffee. (Come to think of it, I never did find out what exactly she did.)

Does this mean I’m infamous? That my name will go down in history? I’d kinda hoped it would be for my writing, but I guess this IS based on my wacked out personal skills.

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. Mr. Owl

    Not too sure about calling you “infamous::
    Pronunciation: \ˈin-fΙ™-mΙ™s\
    1 : having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil
    2 : causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful

    No…. That’s the right word! πŸ™‚

    As far as going down in history, well, it happened to a silly looking reindeer, so you have a better than average shot at it!

    <3 Mr. Owl

    • Is it wrong that I’m so excited to see you here that I just think your comment is sweet? πŸ˜›

      Although I’m not sure how I feel being compared to a creature that can’t play games.

  2. ab

    We all gotta be good at sumpin’, babe πŸ˜€
    Tripping & “pulling a Hooey” will be like a “Gaynor” for great flips or doing a “Rockford” in your car. Infamous in deed. (Yes, 3 Amigo’s is now in my head. thankyouverymuch)

  3. I pulled a Hooey the other day when I got up. Smashed my pinky toe into our bathroom scales. Hurt like a… thing that hurts a lot (censored for Hoo’s mom). πŸ™‚


    PS – It’s why we loves ya, Hoo.

  4. Lisa Dovichi

    *snicker* peek-a-hoo!!!

    (I still love that) I pulled a Hooey in Target. Turned the corner in an aisle and scraped my arm along the metal scaffolding to a display.

  5. JLC

    Oh! I never thought to call accidents, ‘Hooeys’! Thanks for letting me know!

    My 4yo pulled a Hooey the other day. Decided to turn a corner before she should and ran into the wall. I was right behind her and saw the whole thing. She tried to play it off like nothing happened. So cute.

  6. trishstewart

    You don’t really think I’m going to tell you what happened with the eyeliner and coffee, do you? πŸ˜‰

    It was ouchy. I will say that!

  7. That’s a very catchy phrase. I’d borrow it, but then I’d have to explain that I have a bloggy friend who’s klutzy, and then my family would tease me about my imaginary world, and it wouldn’t be worth the momentary pleasure.

    Aw, heck. I’m using it!

  8. Nadine

    LOL – This reminds me of the Simpsons’ episode when people pulled a Homer!

    As your fellow-accident-prone friend, I salute you. And will use the Hooey phrase from now on πŸ™‚

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