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Sibling rivalry: the rift that keeps on giving

July 8th, 2010 · 41 comments

Catie in Indianapolis was over at the house of her boyfriend’s family’s house when she spied this adorable-looking note on the fridge. Upon further investigation, she learned it was written by her boyfriend’s 7-year-old niece as a gift to her grandparents. Adds Catie: “I saw these girls in action over the weekend, and I think the fourth line actually overstates her feelings for her sisters.”

I love [Grandma] I love Mommy. I love Daddy. I like my sisters. I love [Grandpa].

I only hope the kid’s family holds on to her note until she’s old enough to be embarrassed/amused by her young self. As it happens, Sarah in Waco, Texas recently had the opportunity to do just that.

While cleaning out boxes after her grandmother passed away, she stumbled upon a thank you note she had written to her grandparents years earlier. (“In my defense,” Sarah says, “my brother never did write his own thank you note.”)

Dear Gramp and Gran, Thank you for the $20 (twonty) [sic] dollars you have me and Scotty. I don't know when Scott is making a Thank you note. Lots of Love, Sarah Lake (Wally's dauter [sic])

related: Dear Mommy, I love you…sometimes.

FILED UNDER: family · Indianapolis · nice stationery · siblings · signed with love · smiley · spelling and grammar police · Texas

41 responses so far ↓

  • #1   cunning linguist

    maybe that second kid is trying to make a statement–if Gramp and Gran need clarification of whose dater this is, they can’t really be all that close.

    Jul 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   infant tyrone bang

      Wally Lake is the 2nd husband of one of Gramp/Gran’s daughters ?
      Sarah’s mother is no relation and not in Gran/Gramp’s picture ?

      So, yeah, Sarah has to try a bit harder. Go, Sarah!

      Jul 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   Wordyone

    I love that she felt the need to tell her grandparents how she was related to them.

    Jul 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   5l bang

      I find this really funny, I used to tell relations what my relationship to them was too. I remember thinking that I didn’t want them to get embarrassed if they had to write back and ask.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 8:08 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Jenny

      i also love how she spelled out twonty for clarification on the $20.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 10:14 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #3   CGP

    does that read “Lots of love Sarah Lake (Wally’s daughter)”?

    i’m sure Gran and Gramp would have figured out who it was from :D

    edit: damn my slow typing… i look like i was copying now :(

    Jul 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #4   infant tyrone bang

    Over there, you know, over at the house of her boyfriend’s family’s house, it looks as if the nieces may have the luxury of two Gradmas (maybe they distinguish one from another by the position of the rotated “p” and “d”?).

    So, can we all get down to just getting along now, and forget the kerfuffle we’ve been in about Heather and her two mommies. ‘Phobes, y’all lost.

    Jul 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #5   The Great Joe Bivins

    A Grapma is indeed a horrible creature. The Grapma stands ten feet tall and has rows and rows of slavering fangs and a mullet. If cornered by a Grapma the best thing to do is flap your arms over your head and cluck like a chicken, as the only natural predator of the Grapma is the North American Arm-Flapping Clucking Man-Ape.

    Jul 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Janellionaire

      Very HGTTG, thanks.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 1:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Wolverine Girl

      The Gradma, on the other hand, is considered to be Mostly Harmless.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 3:03 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #6   shwonline bang

    She was trying to write “I love Grappa,” although I’m pretty sure she shouldn’t be drinking that. Unless Grapma gives it to her.

    Jul 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #7   Silence

    Stupid Scotty. No thank you note yet, and I’d bet you dollars to donuts that he’ll still get $20 next year, too!! While Sarah, that angelic dater of Wally’s, will get NO recognition for her selfless and kind note…just another $20, same as everyone else.


    Jul 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Party in my pants

      Scotty will NOT be getting $20 next year. Grandma died!! Perhaps he will be getting a nice inheritance…just saying.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 9:00 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #8   Silence

    And to be fair, who among us can say ever really felt anything more than “like” for our siblings? In my household, the emotional spectrum between my brothers and me generally hovered between neutrality and outright loathing.

    Christmas was always a hoot, though, what with the hair-pulling, screaming and toy-breaking. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la…

    Jul 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   shaniatwainHEY

      As to like, my sisters…I’ve got some ideas about what to do with their boxes! :twisted:

      Jul 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #9   mamason bang

    “Catie in Indianapolis was over at the house of her boyfriend’s family’s house”… 8-O

    Jul 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #10   mamason bang

    Gradma was awesome. She went to Harvard.

    Jul 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   park rose bang

      Alma Mater was her name.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   infant tyrone bang

      I recall Grapma (who could have gone to college but stayed home to support the family, etc.) as always warm and inviting on a personal level, but we kids used to say be careful not to get into anything too quickly with Gradma (we used to call her Gradual-ma)…she was the type you had to ease into things with, you know…SLOWLY, LIKE DRYING PARCHMENT.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #11   JetJackson

    PEMCO Note paper – “When you care enough to send the very best.”

    Jul 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #12   Froget Menot

    These are twonty reasons to zeppelin’ your brother..

    Jul 9, 2010 at 7:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   pylgrim

    Is the second note written by the kid of a couple of accountants? I cannot imagine what other kind of kid would think of stating the amount of monies acknowlegded in letters in a parentheses following the number at the tender age where belittling your sibling on a thank you note seems like a good idea. The fact that it looks like a shrewd tactic to ensure and possibly improve that amount in the next relevant payable date at the cost of smudging the competition’s reputation just confirms my theory.

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:08 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Kimmypie

      I was thinking that she was hoping to gain more than twonty dollars next year, while brother would get nothing (hopefully!) because he neglected to write his thank you note.

      What a little schemer! Wonder if she ever got any better at it?

      Jul 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Sarah (yes, THAT Sarah)

      To my defense, my dad came from a family of 7 children and I was the youngest of what seemed like a million cousins (the next generation started two weeks after I was born). Being the only family that lives across the state, it always felt like everybody else knew each other, but they were all strangers to me.

      And sadly, my parents are not accountants but clearly raised a fiscally responsible mid-20-year old.

      Jul 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #14   Canthz_B bang

    This reminds me of the terrible feeling that I may miss someone when saying my bedtime prayers as a child.
    Also of the moment I realized I could stay up just that much longer if I could think of more and more people to ask God to bless!

    I still wonder if I ever helped that gas station attendant.

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:50 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #15   Mo® bang

    Twonty ($20), twonty ($20)?! Why in my day we got fiv ($5), a syrupy card and guilt, and we liked it!
    Kids these days, LUXURY!

    Jul 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Mark bang

      Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o’clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of ‘ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   park rose


      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   MomWhoThinks

      What? What?
      In my day (and I’m not that freakin’ old!) I got (and in fact still have an example of) too dymes and a stick of dubblemint gum taped to a card. Too dymes!!

      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Mo® bang

      What, what? This sounds like a classic case of a pair o’ dymes shrift!

      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #16   RP

    Bash me for being off topic but please, someone take a screenshot of this so it can be submitted to the site. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ team owner has concluded that Lebron James has betrayed his hometown and state and has therefore cursed the team he’s on now:

    It has some classic PAN elements but my favorite is the fact that he almost never uses LeBron’s name.

    Jul 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Julie

      Done and done

      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   anglophile bang

      My favorite bit is that it’s in Comic Sans.

      Jul 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   Odious

    wait…her boyfriend’s family’s house has its own house?

    Jul 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   The Elf

      Wow, that’s amazingly wealthy. Catie, keep this one!

      Jul 12, 2010 at 11:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   Cory

    My family once bought a YMCA family pass for our pastor’s family. Soon after we received multiple thank you cards (handmade), and the youngest’s was similar to the first letter. It said something like “I like my mom. I like my neighbor. I love you.” He didn’t even mention his father, and apparently children respond well to bribery.

    Jul 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #19   aaa bang

    I’m always glad to see children learning successful life skills so early on in life.

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #20   Froget Menot

    All write no pay makes Sarah a dull girl ?
    All play no write makes Scotty a mere boy ?

    Jul 10, 2010 at 11:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #21   Marge

    This note is great – very authentic! I think most of us probably wrote a note or 2 like this as kids – but maybe not quite as nice!

    Jul 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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