Everyone has a little crazy in their family.
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childhood (or parenthood) that makes
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One day, my family was sitting at the dinner table and arguing when suddenly my father picked up his steak knife and tossed it behind him. The knife flew through the kitchen and over the sink into the wall! The knife was stuck in the wall, perfectly thrown without looking. "Do it again, Dad!" my sister and I laughed. He just looked at us and smirked devilishly. He won.
My dad, a man with a quirky approach to life, found a wasp's nest on the lawn. His solution was not for the fainthearted. He stuck a tube into the ground and poured petrol down the tube. He then threw a lit match at the petrol-sodden grass, the location of said nest, and ran. His surprise at the ensuing explosion was nothing compared to my mum's.
I had four brothers and a gap in my front teeth. Although I was only nine, I knew when they started talking about the gap that something bad was about to happen. Unfortunately, I didn't get away quick enough. They debated over what would fit--a dime or a nickel. That's how I wound up at the dentist's office with a nickel stuck between my front teeth.
One day, mom decided we were going to paint the bathroom. Me, my sisters, and cousin (ages 9, 10, and 11) were painting. My youngest sister said something that made me mad and I painted her face. She got mad and painted my hair. To make a long story short, the bathroom looked like a mess and 4 little girls were covered in baby blue paint. The room is still half-done.
My big brother was watching the 1985 Iron Bowl. Alabama scored the game-winning field goal, and he was so excited, he raised his fist in celebration. However, he raised it just a little too high, and ended up punching a hole in the ceiling! Later on, he got some materials together to patch the hole.
Several years ago, my mom was decorating the house for Christmas. When she had finished decorating the tree, she asked my big brother to plug in the lights. He knocked the tree over instead. He said Mom was so mad, it looked like she had smoke coming out of her ears and the top of her head! To this day, I keep that in mind when I help her decorate the tree!
My parents sent my two teenaged brothers to pick up a dead relative from the hospital and transport her body to her relatives via horse and cart. This had to be done in the evening and, back in those days, we had no electricity. My brothers both fell asleep and realized as they approached her relative's home, the body was missing. We never stop laughing when he tells it.
My step-mom brought home a cougar cub as a favor to a local animal sanctuary. Our house pets quickly hid for a few days. During supper, the thing jumped up onto the table, knocked all the milk over, and during the melee, began to maul my little niece (she wasn't hurt)! It somehow caught its claws in the table cloth and then dragged our entire meal into the next room.
It was a tradition for my family to pick out a Christmas tree. When I was 10, the tree was too big to fit through the door. We finally stuffed it through and dragged it into place, but the top left a green streak on the ceiling all the way through the house. Then our tree base broke and the tree fell over. My dad was so mad that we've had an artificial tree ever since.
My mom bought me a new winter coat. I was playing around with gasoline and a big burning barrel we had that we burnt trash in. I guess I got some on my sleeve and I caught myself on fire. To hide the evidence, I buried it in the snow so my mother wouldn't know. It was like a dirty little secret and said someone stole it.
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