I Bet It Cost $40.00 - Part One
December 23, 2015 6:14am CST
As some of you know, my brother and I drove to my son's home to spend Saturday with my kids and grandkids. It was our Christmas get together since my son and his wife always go to her family for Christmas dinner. We shopped all day Friday, for both gifts and food as we were going to make Christmas dinner and take it to everyone. The trip is about an hour to two hour drive, depending on traffic. When we arrived, my grandchildren made my heart swell with love. I got so many hugs and kisses and was told that I was beautiful and how much they missed me. That alone was worth everything! After the greetings, my brother and I decided to get started on finishing the meal. We still had some things that needed cooking that we couldn't do the night before. Right away my brother noticed that my daughter-in-law was out of salt so he had to make a trip to the grocery store. My two youngest granddaughters asked to go with him. I will refer to them as E and M. E is five years old and has a very old soul. She acts like she is a grown up and talks matter-of-fact. M is 8 years old and is quite the opposite of her sister E. She thinks of everything as rainbows and unicorns. Her world is a little bit of a fantasy world and she definitely beats to a different drummer. On the ride to the store, M sat in the front with my brother and E was in the back seat. E starts asking questions to my brother, asking him if he was my husband. It was difficult for E and M to understand that a brother and sister could live together as they thought it was only husbands and wives who live together. Once my brother explained to them, more questions follows: E - Do you live together because you are poor? My brother - No honey, we aren't poor. Grandma can't work. E - Why can't she work? My brother - Because she is sick Both E and M - Why, what's wrong with her? My brother - She just doesn't feel good. E - That's just sad. Then while they were in the store, E carries on a conversation with my brother: E - I hope no one thinks you are my Daddy My brother - Why do you say that E? E - Because I have a Daddy and you are too old My brother - Well maybe they will think I am your grandfather E - No, you can't be my grandfather because you aren't married to my grandmother E stands there for a minute and says, - I know, if anyone asks I will just say no and give them a look M - What kind of look E? At this point E and M are exchanging looks among themselves and my brother is looking around making sure no one is looking. *This is part one and will be continued tomorrow as this was a really long post*
15 people like this
• Portland, Connecticut
23 Dec 15
lol I know when I was a kid I had trouble with relationships, my sister is over 20 years older than me and I never could understand what her kids were to me, we called each other cousins even though I was their aunt but we were all pretty much the same age. It is funny that she thought of that, I think great-uncle sounds even better than grandpa!! its great after all not grand.
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Dec 15
I am 13 years older than my brother. He was about 6 or 7 years old when my daughter was born so they kind of grew up together more as siblings than Uncle and nieces and nephews. At the time, my kids didn't understand that my brother was their Uncle as there wasn't a big age difference so they always referred to him by his name instead of Uncle.
• United States
23 Dec 15
I am sorry you and your brother went through this moment. I know the feeling of being put on a spot like that, having to answer a ton of questions. I know children are innocent with their questions, but sometimes it can seem almost cruel. I have been there, so I understand how you and your brother must feel.