Nunnsence: Brethren

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Nick Nunn, Nunnsense

Nick Nunn, Nunnsense

By Nick Nunn

I pity anyone who was never fortunate enough to have a brother. I mean, it might be just as good (or better) to have a sister, but I wouldn’t know anything about that.

But a brother of about the same age can be an interesting thing as you both go through that crazy period of life known as “adolescence.”

You both want to be right all of the time, as well as completely in control of the other one. Or maybe that was just me since I was the older brother…

Yep, my brother, Ben, and I used to argue, scream at each other, and, occasionally, fistfight each other. He was probably always stronger than me, but, when he also became taller than me, I decided that fighting him was no longer a worthwhile venture.

Nowadays, we don’t fight anymore, but we will occasionally jab each other in the ribs and generally antagonize each other.

Not all sibling relationships develop so well, however. In Des Moines, Iowa, a pair of brothers began a fight that resulted in one of the arrested adolescents being arrested… by the police.

The Davis boys – both in their 50s – were hanging around the house that they share, when they decided that everything was a little too peaceful. One brother – who remained unnamed in the report by the Des Moines Register – noticed that his sibling, Jerome Davis, had made and eaten three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before returning to the kitchen to make three more of the brown and purple mush-on-bread concoctions.

When the anonymous brother confronted Jerome about his laziness and overeating –the heart of the American way these days – Jerome pulled out a folding knife and threatened his brother from the same mother. Later, Jerome told the authorities that he had threatened his brother because he “wouldn’t shut… up and mind his own business.” (A portion of that sentence was removed due to good taste.)

Well, if their parents were the kind of people, who told their children that they should remain children at heart, I’m sure they are very proud today. Otherwise, they should be filing out papers to have them disowned.

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