It’s my boys newest thing…
I wish it meant they were roasting marshmallows (one of my favorite outdoor activities and art forms!)
But, no, they are finding joy in ‘roasting’ each other.
I blame the Justin Bieber roast that occurred a few weeks ago.
What exactly does this ‘roasting’ look like, sound like?
It starts with all 3 of my boys together (because evidently it’s a team sport) with a little spare time.
And then it begins….one of them will make a statement that insults one of his brothers.
And that boy and the other will laugh. Like crazy.
Most of the time, the ‘roastee’ will join in the laughter.
And sometimes, Mom and Dad can’t help themselves, and they join in the laughter too.
Because, well, my boys are funny.
Like the other day when Monkey Boy said to Puppy Lover (who’s been struggling with acne breakouts on his nose for a few months)
“At least I don’t have a pet volcano.”
That’s. just. funny.
High fives and all 5 of us hysterically laughing commenced.
I can’t help but appreciate the quick wit in coming up with that ‘roast’ off the cuff.
But sometimes, they just go too far.
And feelings get hurt.
And sometimes they’re mine…even though the roasting is never pointed in my direction.
I grew up with only an older brother who’s more than 5 years older than me. And has a very different personality than mine.
So I often can’t relate to how brothers interact. It’s out of my experience and comfort zone. I don’t understand how insulting each other is what boys do. I hear it’s normal…but you’d never catch little girls doing it, and laughing about it!
And I struggle to know where to draw the line of ‘boys being boys’
and boys being mean.
Because for years, my prayer is for my boys to be not just siblings, but friends.
Especially when they’re grown and they don’t have to spend time together or talk to each other often.
I want them to be a Band of Brothers.
And I don’t want anything to happen in our home to ruin the friendships they are growing with each other. It’s just too important to me.
So I’m sure the roasting will continue, and I’m sure me and Hubs will continue to stop it when it’s no longer funny to all involved.
And I pray that all this roasting and laughing will produce a life-long relationships of brothers who are best friends.
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