Guest Post: Meg Gardner

meg's boysMy name is Meg and I’m from  I have three little boys aged 7, 5 and 2.  When Nathalie asked if I’d like to participate in the Brothers Week questionnaire, I was so happy to do so!  Only if just to see how my guys would respond…

(Jake is 7 years old, Henry is 5 years old, George is 2 years old but can’t talk)

What is the most important thing about being a brother?

J: That you’re taking care of your other brothers.

H: Be careful with your brothers.*

What is the hardest thing about being a brother?

J: Probably trying to share but I just don’t want to.

H: To help them.

What is the best thing about being a brother?

J: Is that I get to play with them.

H: I get to go with my brothers to school.

What’s the best thing your brother taught you?

J: I’ve learned everything.  Nothing from Henry.

H: To say, “Liar, liar pants on fire.  Hang your underwear on a telephone wire.  Send your butt to Canadian Tire.”

How are you like your brothers?

J: One of the things that are the same is that I have the same face as George.

H: I have the same face -almost- am I like George or Jake?

How are you different?

J: I’m older and Henry’s younger.

H: We like different stuff.  Jake likes cool stuff and I like silly stuff.

What is the most annoying thing about your brother?

J: Henry saying, “Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake” and I’m saying, “I’m right here!”*

H: George wants everything.  Jake says “na na na na na.”  STOP IT JAKE!

What is the worst trouble your brother got into?

J: Like when Henry closed the door and it locked and the firemen had to come open it up.**

What is the best advice your brother gave you?

H: When Jake says something to me what I’m supposed to do but I don’t do it that’s because I don’t want to listen.

What is your favorite thing to do with your brother?

J: To play with my brother outside.

H: To roll the ball with George.  And hide and seek with Jake.

What is one of your favorite memories of your brother?

J: When he was a baby.

H: Jake throwing snowballs when it was Christmas.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to become a brother?

J: When I told Hunter (whisper) “be a good brother” in his ear.***

*I say this all. the. time.

**This actually happened.  At 18 months old, Henry locked Jake & I in the boys’ 2nd floor bedroom.  I had to call out to our neighbor from the window.  Firemen came to break into our house, as I didn’t know the back door was unlocked.  On his own downstairs, Henry watched TV, had a snack and made a big poo in his diaper.  Thankfully, the firemen thought it was pretty amusing.

***Hunter is our 23-month old neighbor who is about to become a big brother.

Thank you, Nathalie, for the opportunity to ask these questions.  There are some great little tidbits in there that gave me a good laugh.  I think I may start a tradition and ask these questions every year during Brothers Week!


2 thoughts on “Guest Post: Meg Gardner

  1. I can’t believe you were locked in the bathroom with your kids! That used to be one of my fears . . . Henry’s favourite memory just shows that it’s the little things in life that are special and memorable. Thanks for sharing!

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