the kids are alright

let me tell you what my little bros were like when i left home for university.

josh: (8)
  • secretly watched pokemon in the basement (highly inappropriate for an eight year old if you asked his siblings)
  • faked whiplash to get out of grade two (and our mother believed him!!!)
  • wore a speedo whenever possible.
nathan: (11)
  • was in his harry potter glasses phase
  • had an italian girlfriend named little linda (we're pretty sure her family were mafia)
  • liked to quiz (embarrass) american missionaries on their (spotty) knowledge of US history.
they didn't:
  • do chores.
  • do dishes.
  • put their fruit snacks wrappers in the garbage.
  • put their sports equipment, including jockstraps, away after use.
  • listen to me when i told them to clean up after themselves (possibly most annoying of all).
and all these things (combined with an overdose of freshman feminist studies) lead me to the conclusion that my bros (while interesting and smart) were pigs who think that women should clean up after them.

but it turns out ten years changes a lot and the truth is mom your boys are alright and not just because:
  • josh does the dishes (without being asked or bribed).
  • nathan cooks dinner for the entire family (his fish tacos with kiwi mango salsa were a revelation).
  • they put their stuff away (more than they did)
  • they do what they are told (most important quality in a future spouse)
i don't know what happened in the years i've been away--but whatever it was-- you done good ma!

(whitefam--az 2011--josh's 20th birthday)


Bonnie White said...

I was trying to post that same picture but can't figure out how to get it upright. Each of you are amazing. Vibrant. Funny. Interesting. Talented. And you cut up a rug with style and sass. Dad and I really did improve upon our gene pool.

Anonymous said...

Wow I cab see I'm important! Jerk!

Katie said...

I have a feeling 'anonymous' is Rachel...

Anonymous said...

anonymous shoud have an ENTIRE blog all about her!

Mercedes said...


Anonymous said...

You need a new post, Mercedes! I love your writing and keeping tabs on you.
Are you coming up at all soon?