I’m Just A Poor Boy, From An Awesome Family

| Skån, Hälsingland, Sweden | Popular, Siblings, Spouses & Partners

(My husband and I are celebrating Christmas with my sisters, mother, and grandparents. We are a very music loving family and my sisters who are 14 and 16 always break out into song whenever something is said that is or resembles the lyrics of any music they know, which is surprisingly often. When this happens me, my husband and Sister #1 are in the living room.)

Sister #1: *shouting* “Mamma!”

Me: *singing* “ooooOOOoooOOOOh!”

Sister #1: *catching on* “Didn’t mean to make you cry!”

Sister #2: *enters room singing* “If I’m not back this time again tomorrow!”

Me: *singing* “Carry on! Carry on!”

Sister #1: *singing* “As if nothing really matters.”

(At this point I notice my husband sitting there with a bewildered/awestruck look on his face.)

Me: *bursting out into giggles* “What?”

Husband: “I totally married into the right family!”


It Said Its Prayers Now You Raise It Up

| Lancaster, PA, USA | Parents & Guardians

(My mom, sister, and I spot a spider crawling across the floor. I volunteer to kill it and grab the flyswatter.)

Me: *dramatically raising flyswatter over my head* “SAY YOUR PRAYERS!”

(I smack the spider and kill it as my mom and sister crack up at my antics.)

Me: *glancing at squished spider* “Ew. Can you pick it up for me?”

Mom: “No, you do it. You’re the one that told it to say its prayers!”


Doesn’t Know His A, Bee, C’s

| NS, Canada | Children, Popular, Sons & Daughters

(My wife is playing with our four-month-old son. She suddenly calls me into the room sounding excited.)

Wife: “[My Name], come here! You have to see this!”

Me: “What?”

Wife: “[Son] said his first word! I got a video, do you want to see.”

Me: *thinking this is a bit early for speech but excited to see* “Yes, show me!”

(My wife plays the video.)


Me: “That’s not a word.”

Wife: “He said “bee.””

Me: “That doesn’t count. He doesn’t even know what a bee is. He’s just babbling.”

Wife: “It does count. Bee is a word.”

(We fought about this for the next 30 minutes. Our son said what I consider his first word, “cat,” three months later.)