I find it very interesting that when my siblings and I get together we spend more time reminiscing about our childhoods than we do discussing our current events. Sigh, if only we could have enjoyed it more in the moment instead of being in such a hurry to grow up!
Whenever we have these discussions about the "good old days"... the topic of crime and punishment usually comes up. As the youngest of four children and with an age-gap of six years to my nearest sibling, I have very little to contribute to this conversation. Either I didn't get into trouble or my parents were too tired to worry about it. My brothers Sidney, John and sister Christie have always had plenty to say on the topic though.
Some of MY favorites are their very creative excuses for bad behavior. For example, my sister came up with the following after she threw a chair at my brother John, missed, and punched a hole through the door: "It wouldn't have hit the door if he hadn't moved out of the way." And Sidney once blamed Christie for something he had done "because she wasn't here to stop me." I think he set the record for grounding at 3 months. The funny thing is: nobody remembers what he actually did.
Happy Anniversary to my parents who have been married 44 years today. 43 of those years with children.... which has surely earned them each a sainthood. I think they will be the patron saints of tired, tested, and trodden-down parents.
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