Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cookoo for Cocoa Puffs- Little Brother Chronicles Part 3

Yes, it’s true. I’m still picking on my little brother. (Who by the way isn’t so little any more) : )

Like I said in the Underoos post, Ben was a constant source of entertainment for our little family and the star of some of my best stories. I’m just compelled to tell them. I hope you’ll stick with me to the end of the Little Brother Chronicles because you’ll see that I will make it up to him. : )

You can catch up here:

Little Brother Chronicles Part One

Little Brother Chronicles Part Two

Big Sister to the Rescue:

Right after “Daddy” and “Mommy”, my little brother’s first words were “Cocoa Puffs.”
He loved to say the words “Cocoa Puffs.”
He loved to eat Cocoa Puffs.
Ben’s love affair with Cocoa Puffs was well known throughout our neighborhood.
He really was cookoo for Cocoa Puffs.

My mom has the greatest cassette recordings of our voices when we were kids. On one you can hear her urging Ben to talk into the microphone.

“Ben, say, ‘Hi Grandma and Grandpa.’”

“Cocoa Puffs!”

“No, Ben, Grandma and Grandpa want to hear you talk to them. I’ll get you Cocoa Puffs later. Can you say hi to Grandma and Grandpa?”

“Cocoa Puffs!” He insisted.

“Can you say how old you are?”

Cracking up at his own joke, he answered “Cocoa Puffs!”

She gave up. She didn’t know she had captured a classic Benism on tape. I’m glad he didn’t say “Hi Grandma and Grandpa.” : )

As cute as it was, this obsession with Cocoa Puffs almost cost him dearly, though.

The Bradley kids lived down the ally from us, and one day they snuck into our backyard where Ben was playing all by himself.

“Hey, Ben, you want some Cocoa Puffs?” They held out a tray of chocolate lumps. “We baked homemade Cocoa Puffs JUST FOR YOU!”

Stepping out the backdoor into the yard, I overheard them. Then I remembered….

“No, Ben! Don’t eat it!” The Bradley kids took off running.

Ben was so mad at me for chasing off his friends as he watched them run away laughing, taking his beloved Cocoa Puffs with them. He didn’t know what I knew.

Guess where that tray came from? Guess what the “homemade Cocoa Puffs” really were?

Ben’s lucky he had a big sister watching his back.

The Bradley’s had rabbits! : )


Katy said...

I love them, keep em comin'!

Anonymous said...

All this time I thought he actually ate some of them. Mom

Angie said...

He says that he did eat them!!

Daiquiri said...

Oh, ewww! Many a big sister would have watched while the "cocoa puffs" were're sweet to the core :)