Everyone has a little crazy in their family.
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childhood (or parenthood) that makes
you wonder just how you all survived.
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My wife and I gave a long list of rules to the kids about our brand new hot tub. One afternoon we came home to find our kids and their friends doing cannonballs into the hot tub from the roof of our house. Our oldest was 7 and was surprised at how upset we were and with complete sincerity pointed out that it wasn't on the list of rules.
As I entered my parents house, it smelled like a roaring winter fire (but it was summer and we NEVER used the fireplace). I also noticed that the backyard looked different but couldn't quite figure it out. Until I looked again and noticed that the entire fence had burned down and the fire dept was cleaning up. They said 'kids' were smoking - my sister was the only one home
Our children had a pet mouse. One morning, after they left for school, I noticed the mouse wasn't moving, in fact, was dead. Desperately, I searched pet stores until I found a look-a-like to replace it. When the kids got home they were astounded to find the mouse alive! They had accidentally killed it. YIKES!
I grew up in LaPorte, IN. When I was 13, my uncle got drunk and went driving on the back roads outside of town. He ended up driving through a couple corn fields and smashed through Bernacchi's Market, a gourmet grocery store. He was okay. Oprah lived just outside of town then and regularly shopped there. All I could think was, "My uncle destroyed Oprah's grocery store!"
When I was a kid growing up in the Ozarks we were driving home when we met our neighbors on the road. They motioned for us to stop. In the back of their pickup was their kid bent over with his head down inside a metal milk can. They couldn't pull him out so they were on the way to the ER. Don't remember how the Dr. got him out, but his ears were bruised for a while.
My Great Grandfather, age 93, was convicted of murder. He had been standing in line at the rest home getting ready to receive his dinner. A woman with a walker cut in front of him. He was so irritated, he used his cane and shoved her out of the way. She had a heart attack and died on the spot. He was sentenced to "life in prison".....
When my sister and I were teenagers our older brothers friends were always over and very obnoxious. So we got the brilliant idea to dress my younger brother up as a girl and introduce him as one of our friends. We did such a good job that one of my older brothers friends started picking up on my little brother. Soooo wrong.........
There's this narrow road with woods all along each side of it and no street lights so it is very dark at night. My siblings used to tell me Frankenstein lived in the woods. My mom would stop on it at night, turn off the headlights, and take out her teeth and growl at us. I was so scared but couldn't run far because of Frankenstein in the woods.
When I was 5 or 6, we had a neighbor babysit. She was so scary that I hid behind a sofa-sleeper that was too heavy for her to move. When my parents came home, I had fallen asleep back there with no dinner. I had probably been there from 4 pm Friday until about 3am Saturday. I still feel a sense of victory and I'm approaching forty.
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