It’s A Mother’s Responsibility To Laugh When Her Sons Prank Each Other. (Isn’t It?)

by Melisa Wells on June 25, 2012

It’s worked out pretty well that D and J are nearly three years apart. They aren’t too close together where constant comparisons would probably be in the air, and they aren’t so far apart that they don’t have anything in common. Even though they have had their little beefs with each other over the years and, back in the day, each used to respond “No, not really!” when people would ask if they got along, they really have treated each other better than many other sets of brothers do. (I don’t think they realize how poor some brotherly relationships are!)

Now that D goes to college they get along even better with only an occasional regression, but their best squabbles have always been when they prank each other. They are so darn creative that I normally laugh my head off. (Most recently there was that issue that came up when we asked J to run to the store for a new toothbrush for his brother, which totally sent me over the edge into hysterics.)

Five years ago we got Photoshop Elements for our PC from my father-in-law. The boys were thrilled about it and set out to learn how to use it.

Just a few days after installation, J (then twelve) wanted to show me this “awesome picture” he altered. The picture was taken at Walt Disney World in 2003.

After some alterations:

Now of course, as a mother it would have been prudent for me to tell him that perhaps it wasn’t nice to give himself movie star-like baby blues and a thick and glorious (??) head of hair while making his brother bald. I could have told him that it would have been nice if he enhanced them both instead of making himself look so superior to his brother. The defacement was not respectful.

I laughed instead.

I mean, come on, it’s hilarious.

Naturally, after seeing that, D (then fifteen) wanted to do his own “tribute”. The photo was taken on our way to Bike the Drive that year:

After his alterations:

Yeah, I would have done the same thing. Ask my younger sister.

I mean, “Choose your battles”, you know?

By the way, Hallmark has a line of products called “Bug ‘Em”, which–contrary to what you might think–wasn’t created for the purpose of parents pranking their kids. Rather, these pocket-sized goodies are perfect when you want to congratulate them (on successfully pranking a sibling, even!), encourage them, wish them well, or for any old reason! Check them out here.

I am BEYOND thrilled to be partnering with Hallmark on their “Life Is A Special Occasion” campaign for 2012. I am being compensated to write about every day moments of all sizes, family traditions, the relationships I cherish the most, and much more. All words, opinions, and photos are mine. Thanks so much to the folks at Hallmark for selecting me for this campaign: it’s an honor for me to be a part of it.

{ 16 comments }

Liz June 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

Your boys make me laugh too :) I mean, how would one reprimand such creativity? I wonder where in the world they get it from?

Toni June 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

I physically laughed out loud at that first picture…kids are SO funny. My husband and I are both only children, and of course we have an only child, so reading about sibling relationships is so fascinating!

Momo Fali June 25, 2012 at 7:21 am

That? Is awesome.

Tara R. June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

That is hilarious!

Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy June 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

so what should I do if ALL of them are altering pics like that…of me??? hmmm :)

Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children June 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Ha! I could use some of their photo altering skills myself. Impressive!

Paula @ Frosted Fingers June 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Haha love it!

Siobhan June 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

This makes me excited to see what.my boys’ll get up to!

Rachel - A Southern Fairytale June 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Definitely choose your battles ;-)

By not choosing this one, you’re just helping them to realize their creative potential. :=) :-) :-)

Miss Lori June 29, 2012 at 6:20 am

Ah, it really is about the moments: The one’s where we have to say to ourselves, “This too shall pass.” and the one’s that web know we will cherish forever. The trick is not to take any for granted. You are doing a great job.

SMILE!

ML

Laila @OnlyLaila June 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

How cute! There is something special about the bond of siblings, glad to see they have good fun with each other.

Michelle June 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

Love it! This is awesome, and I’d laugh, too. Totally no harm done. Interestingly, J in that picture looks remarkably like Mr. man, down to the shoulder shrug and the “what, who me?” smile… No the flaming eyes, though ;)

Lisa June 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

Those pictures are awesome. :)

Tiaras & Tantrums June 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

oh Lordy – I was so horrible to my little brothers – twins – 6 years younger – they drove me batty! But today – LOVE them to pieces – call them everyday and annoy the hell out of them!

Colleen June 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

SO funny! I love reading things like this on your blog cuz it gives me a pretty good idea of what my boys’ll be doing in just a few years!

Annie @ Mama Dweeb June 30, 2012 at 12:50 am

That is sooo funny!! It is awesome that they can laugh together. You are so blessed!

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