Brotherly Love?

Ben and Eli were playing with their homemade paper walkie-talkies. Ben was sending Eli “text messages” by writing commands on small slips of paper, walking over to Eli and reading him the message. Smoke signals would have been more efficient, perhaps, but who am I to interfere in a self-initiated game that requires none of my involvement? I’m no fool.

And so it went, with Ben writing out his messages very carefully, reading them to Eli, and then the two of them running to the meeting place:

“Eli! I’m sending you a text message. It says, “Meet me at Pier 47! That’s the dining room, ok?”

Or, “Eli! I’m sending you a text message. It says, “Meet me at Pier 23. That’s the bathroom.”

Until Eli had enough. He ran to the art table, cut out a slip of paper, wrote an indicipherable message, and ran it over to Ben.

“Ben! I’m sending you a text message! It says, “Stop bossing me!”

The end.


  1. That’s hilarious. 🙂

    I tagged you for a meme over at my place…

  2. Libby says:

    I am just picturing this scene–good for Eli!

  3. Margaret says:

    The tyranny of the older brother! Glad Eli finally revolted….

  4. kate says:

    I love this! It’s so neat to watch brothers develop their own relationship.

  5. Jennifer says:

    That made me laugh — younger sibs are always well equipped to smack down their older sibs when needed. A good life skill 🙂

  6. lisa says:

    That’s really funny, text messages not being the least of it…In my house, we get “Ella, you NOT my mommy!” Which sadly may say more about me than Ella!

  7. Stacey says:

    I love it! At the moment, Katherine says “You’re bossy me!” with tears. How much more quiet and efficient if she could only text….

  8. Aliki2006 says:

    Oh, I love that! Sibling communication at its best!

  9. That is too cute! Siblings can be so sweet until they start fighting.