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    They Both Agreed(o)

    | Fresno, CA, USA | Parents & Guardians, Siblings

    (I’m the oldest of my mother’s four children and at this time my brother is the only one with kids of his own. Being very geeky I like to buy my nephews things like Batman or Ninja Turtles outfits, and once got tickets to a Star Wars concert for my mom’s birthday.)

    Mom: “You know, [My Name], if your nephews don’t turn to the geek side you always have [Youngest Sister].”

    Me: “What, she thinks she’s nerdy?”

    Mom: “Very.”

    (My youngest sister happens to be sitting nearby with huge headphones and hasn’t heard a word we’ve said.)

    Me: *walks over and flicks the headphones to get her attention* “NERD CHECK! Who shot first?”

    Youngest Sister: *without batting an eye* “Han Solo because YOLO!”

    Me: *laughing* “Oh, good girl! You even rhymed!”

    Mom: “What the heck just happened?!”

    Me: “A thing of geeky beauty. You don’t have to understand but she totally just passed.”

    As Long As You Don’t Lose The Apple

    | LA, USA | Siblings

    (My mom, my dad, and I are standing in their bedroom talking. My mom has a work cell phone that is a blackberry. She currently can’t find it.)

    Mom: “I know it’s here somewhere.”

    (We then hear my younger sister from the living room.)

    Sister: “Someone’s strawberry is in here. And it’s ringing!”

    (My dad spit out the shake he was drinking and it was about 20 minutes before any of us could stop laughing.)

    NCIS: Modern Family

    | USA | Parents & Guardians, Siblings

    (My family and I are driving home from an event. My little sisters are excitedly talking about a door they’d seen labeled ‘danger.’)

    Sister #1: “What do you think was behind it?”

    Sister #2: *jokingly* “Maybe a dead body!”

    Me: *not having paid attention* “Did someone say there was a dead body!? Cool!”

    Mom: “You need to stop watching crime shows, [My Name].”

    I Am Formally Informing You

    | USA | Parents & Guardians, Siblings

    (My family and I have just arrived at my sister’s violin recital. I arrived home late and did not have time to change my clothes, so I am still wearing dark jeans, black sneakers, a black shirt with quotes and references from several fantasy books and movies, and have my hair falling over my eyes in long, choppy bangs, rather than brushed and pulled back.)

    Me: “Wait, the recital’s in a church?”

    Mom: “Yep.”

    (We walk inside and I immediately notice that the pamphlets and posters are very religious; this is clearly not a very laid back church. Also, everyone, including several members of the church, are dressed up very formally.)

    Sister: *to me* “I don’t know you… You’re just some random teenager.”

    A Sad Estate Of Affairs

    | Australia | Aunts & Uncles, Parents & Guardians, Siblings

    (My parents extended their house after my grandparents could not afford the price hike on their rent. None of my mother’s three siblings could ‘afford’ to part with $10 a week to go towards the rent so Dad spent thousands on the extensions. 30 years later my grandmother is fading fast and in hospital. One of my uncles was visiting on one of his infrequent visits (one or two times a year).)

    Uncle: *to Dad* “We were thinking that it’s about time that Mum went into a nursing home.”

    Dad: “Really? Who is going to pay for that?”

    Uncle: “Well, um, it’ll take pressure off you. It must be hard for you to look after her like this all the time.”

    Dad: “You’ve never shown any concern for the last 30 years, so why start now?”

    (Nanna passed away less than a week later, on New Years Eve. My uncle and aunt had to be called back from vacation, turning up on the day of the funeral.)

    Aunt: *to Mum* “We would like to contribute towards the cost of the funeral.”

    (I look at my uncle, who has not said anything but just stiffens, and think, ‘you left it up to your wife to make an offer and it’s obvious you don’t want to spend a cent towards your mother.’)

    Mum: “No, it’s fine. The estate is covering it.”

    Uncle: *scoffs*

    Mum: “It’s true; I’ll prove it.’”

    (Mum hands over Nanna’s bankbook.)

    Uncle: *eyes light up at the balance* “I didn’t know she was worth this much.” *starts examining all of the entries*

    Mum: “Yes, with her inheritance from [Her Sister] and most of her pension in it added up.”

    Uncle: *demanding* “WHY IS THERE A $5000 WITHDRAWAL?”

    Mum: “Wh-wh-what? There shouldn’t be a withdrawal.”

    Uncle: “Yes, it’s right here. There’s money gone— Oh, no. It‘s all right. It’s a deposit. That’s okay, then.”

    (When the settlement was made, my uncle called Mum up asking if she had plans for her money.)

    Mum: *to Dad* “I can’t believe that. He wanted my share!”


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