The joy of siblings

By Mir
January 13, 2015

There’s nothing more magical, as a parent, than seeing your perfect offspring lavish one another with the kind of tender care they’ve learned from your perfect example. I mean… I assume. For other people, who actually set a good example and have kids who follow it. I hear this is a thing, anyway.

But no, in our house, it’s more like… well, I’ll let you see for yourself.

Monkey usually does the kids’ laundry as one of his chores. And Chickadee almost always throws at least one pair of jeans into the hamper still threaded with a (not-to-go-in-the-wash) belt. Monkey has pleaded, cajoled, threatened… all with no results. So this weekend he did the laundry, found a belt, and created his own cautionary tale.


(That’s Honey Bear, the only stuffed animal still hanging around in Chickie’s bed. She was a gift from Kira after our scary car accident years ago.)

There’s an argument to be made that this tableau isn’t all that terrifying because it’s a rainbow belt, y’know, and maybe Honey Bear was just going for a ride on the ceiling fan…? But Monkey’s intent was sinister, and rainbow or no, it’s a lynching of an innocent. I mean, Honey Bear doesn’t even wear pants. It’s not HER fault the belt keeps showing up in the laundry.

Without skipping a beat, my darling daughter left her own message for her brother in response:


I admire their creativity, I do. I am just… uhhh… a little scared, sometimes.

I have another—less violent!—sibling story for you today, too. It’s over at Alpha Mom, and it’s about comparisons and consequences.


  1. Alison C

    Is it wrong that I am enjoying this wonderfully normal teenage behaviour?

  2. The Domestic Goddess

    If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right. I think it’s HILARIOUS

  3. Ann R

    Yay! I finally made it to current times after a year of reading from the very beginning!

    Thanks for my laugh of the morning!

  4. Jen

    I love this.

  5. Brenda

    Ah, sibling love. Nothing quite like it. :)

  6. Chuck

    They are both great but I find the bear lynching to be the most epic. You’re right, it’s never boring at your house.

  7. Jan in Norman OK

    Chickadee should be careful…Monkey could say that he thought “stop messing with my belts” meant “leave them where you find them.” That rainbow belt might not look quite so pretty after going through the wash.

    • Kim

      There is that. Natural consequence and all…

  8. Jeanie

    Your kids are funny. Smart, too.

  9. Felicity

    Monkey should be authorized to hold belts for ransom…

  10. jadine

    As teenagers, two brothers I know permanently-marked pubes on all of their sister’s Barbies, then hanged them all with yarn under the top bunk of her bed. No reason. Happy Tuesday :)

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