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One Mother To Rule Them All

| Hudsonville, MI, USA | Parents & Guardians

(We are sitting around the dinner table eating as a family.)

Dad: *clearly thinking something* “I like…I like movies.”

Brother: “Okay?”

Dad: “I like movies…like Lord of the Rings.”

Mom: “Jim…no you don’t.”

Dad: *shrugging* “I know.”

Might Be On A Bit Too Much Moonshine

| Alberta, Canada | Parents & Guardians

(My mother is asking me about a time when I went back-packing through Australia for a year.)

Mom: “Does Australia get the moon down there?”

Thumbing Up, Dumbing Down

| Des Moines, IA, USA | Siblings

(My brother and I, who are six years apart in age, are seated together on a sky-lift at an amusement park while one vacation. A couple of teenagers–boy and girl cuddling–pass us going the other way. The teenage boy gives me a ‘bro nod’, followed by a thumbs-up.)

Me: “Did you see that? That guy just gave you a thumbs-up.”

Brother: “What? Why?”

Me: “I think he thought we were together.”

Brother: “No way.”

Me: “I don’t know whether to be creeped out because he thought we’re dating, or flattered because I’m a thumbs-up.”