Monday, September 17, 2012

A brother's love

Old photo but for once Thomas had the upper hand - which doesn't happen often

Thomas goes for a night out. In Italy going for a night out on a Saturday in the summer, even if you are only 17, can entail coming home at 2.30 in the morning (and much much later in some cases). Unfortunately when Thomas gets home he finds the door locked- that's normal, and he has a key- but it also has the safety latch across (which we later discovered was down to Leo).
What should he do?
1. Call Mum on her mobile - clearly that wasn't an option as I am clearly an old battle axe and when I said "don't wake me up" I  meant don't wake me up by wandering around the flat, opening and closing the fridge, scoffing biscuits, playing music  etc - poor kid took me at my word so, he didn't ring me.
2. Call Robert on his mobile - that is never going to work - he only keeps his phone on during working hours ("you're the only one I talk to so what is the point of having it on?") or
3. Ring your brother - who, strangely was actually awake.Unfortunately Leo didn't feel like answering his phone  - and I swear, those were his actual words the following morning - so the conversation went something like this
 "Leo, why didn't you answer the phone when I called you last night?"
" I didn't feel like answering, you should have sent me a message"
"But I didn't think you would be awake at that time in the morning so I rang"
"Well I wasawake, so you should have sent a message"
at which point I waded in
"Yes, but why didn't you answer the phone when you saw your brother was calling at 2.30 in the morning?"
"because I didn't feel like it" - I swear, it took a good half hour for him to grasp (if he actually did)  that if anyone calls you (anyone being your Mum, Robert, your brother, your Dad, your grandparents and maybe your closest friends) you answer the bloody phone - even if you just don't feel like it.


  1. With perseverance - by the 4th call Leo caved and finally answered......

  2. LOL! This takes be back to the good old days of raising sibling teenagers.

  3. Kids have the most remarkable logic...and texting is the ONLY way ours can communicate!