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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Faulty Raisining

It only LOOKS delicious . . .
I love raisins.
Especially in trail mix.
Or coated in chocolate.
I should probably point out, here, that coating in chocolate is not really an accurate test of raisin love.
If you coated a hubcap in chocolate, I'd eat it.
Moving on . . .
I did not always love raisins. (Even now, I prefer my cinnamon buns and other baked treats to be raisin-less.)
It wasn't until after I was married that I learned to appreciate them.
There is a reason for that . . .
My brother, George, is two years older than I. Throughout our growing-up years, his prime responsibility was the teasing of his younger sister.
He practised his craft at every opportunity.
Mercilessly.
And became very good at it.
One day, our mom made cookies. Something she did a lot.
On this particular occasion, she had produced mounds of raisin cookies.
They were spread out temptingly across the table.
The aroma drew my brother and I from the depths of the house.
“Mmmm. Raisin cookies,” George said. He turned to me. “I knew that Mom was going to make raisin cookies today.”
“You did?” I asked innocently.
“Yep. I did,” he said.
“Did Mom tell you?”
“Nope.”
“You can tell by the smell?”
“Partially. But that's not the real reason.”
“Well, I give up. How did you know?”
He leaned towards me, a big grin on his face. “I knew Mom was going to bake raisin cookies because I saw her picking the raisins off the fly-paper at the back door.”
And from that moment on, in fact for the next twenty years, George had all of the raisin goodies that emerged from Mom's kitchen to himself.
Smart cookie.

P.S. He also tried to convince me that my rice was moving.
But that is another story . . .
Me. And him. He only LOOKS cute . . .

12 comments:

  1. I can see the evil in his eyes.

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    1. You have to get past the 'cute' but it's there! :)

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  2. As newlyweds, i once had Michael kill a raisin. I thought it was a roach. (Florida)

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  3. Even if it's not true, it still has the power to quease, doesn't it!

    George, you...you...big brother, you!

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  4. Ah, you just have to love older siblings. Unfortunately, in this story I play the role of your older brother....

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    1. Hmmm . . . that's okay. We can still be friends.

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  5. I love the picture you were so cute! Brothers are wonderful like that I had 4 and I was the only girl. All my dolls had mustaches drawn on them and as a teenager I couldn't get a date for nothing!

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    1. Thank you! I love that picture. It was taken at George's third and my first birthday party. I was in the middle of the family with brothers on either side and sisters way at the ends. I know whereof you speak! :)

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  6. Sneaky, underhanded, just like a big brother!
    Sad that you missed out on years of raisiny goodness.

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    1. George's fault! George did it! Man, saying that brings back memories! :)

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