Tonight we had some strips of bacon to go along with our roasted red pepper soup and chili & biscuits (I know, a bit of a mishmash, but actually quite deliciously perfect!). As we metered out how much bacon the boys could have I couldn’t help but smile when my calculations led me to tell the boys they could each have two and one half strips of bacon. My grinner got wide with anticipation of the upcoming conversation…
Immediately Dominic called for Gavin to come in to cut the one strip in half so Dominic could then choose the one half that was exactly one half of a milligram larger than the other. Gavin was too slow and Dominic was too hungry so Dominic finally relented and made “the cut.”
Gavin immediately proclaimed that he was choosing the larger half. Dominic laughed and told him that was actually the smaller half because Dominic’s half was wider. Gavin made a comment about his piece being thicker. Then there was a second measurement which resulted in each boy still having the larger half… though they each seemed to be a little nervous that they got the smaller half.
Watching this all play out I couldn’t help but laugh out loud and think of all the times my brother and I had played this scenario out in our childhood (and sometimes in our adulthood!). Whether it was a strip of bacon, a rice crispy bar, a slice of pizza, a glass of soda, or a bowl of cereal everything was measured under the tightest scrutiny that would have made a nano particle physicist proud. We used every possible form of measurement to make sure we were able to get the largest piece. At some points we resorted to unusual cutting patterns to try to trick the other. It was an exercise in futility, but it was also awesome and a perfect example of what it meant to be brothers.
As my boys went through the same ritual I smiled from ear to ear thinking about all the ways that this will escalate over the years and all the laughs they will have over those memories as they get older and are able to watch their kids do the same. Tonight I’m thankful for experiencing one of those moments of brotherhood with my boys, it was awesome for all three of us!