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Sticking up for someone else

Don't know if anyone's seen this yet, it's been around facebook all day. I just thought it was quite a good story:

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Dear Customer Who Stuck Up For His Little Brother

You thought I didn't really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you.

Yesterday I had a pair of brothers in my store. One was maybe between 15 and 17. He was a wrestler at the local high school. Kind of tall, stocky and handsome. He had a younger brother, who was maybe about 10 to 12 years old. The only way to describe him was scrawny, neat, and very clean for a boy his age. They were talking about finding a game for the younger one, and he was absolutely insisting it be one with a female character. I don't know how many of y'all play games, but that isn't exactly easy. Eventually, I helped the brothers pick a game called "Mirror's Edge." The youngest was pretty excited about the game, and then he specifically asked me, "Do you have any girl color controllers?" I directed him to the only colored controllers we have, which include pink and purple ones. He grabbed the purple one, and informed me purple was his FAVORITE.

The boys had been taking awhile, so their father eventually came in. He saw the game, and the controller, and started in on the youngest about how he needs to pick something different. Something more manly. Something with guns and fighting, and certainly not a purple controller. He tried to convince him to get the new Zombie game "Dead Island" and the little boy just stood there repeating, "Dad, this is what I want, OK?" Eventually it turned into a full-blown argument complete with Dad threatening to whoop his son if he didn't choose different items.

That's when big brother stepped in. He said to his dad, "It's my money, it's my gift to him. If it's what he wants, I'm getting it for him, and if you're going to hit anyone for it, it's going to be me." Dad just gave his oldest son a strong stern stare-down, and then left the store. Little brother was crying quietly. I walked over and ruffled his hair (yes, this happened all in front of me). I said, "I'm a girl, and I like the color blue, and I like shooting games. There's nothing wrong with what you like. Even if it's different than what people think you should." I smiled, he smiled back (my heart melted!). Big brother then leaned down, kissed little brother on the head, and said, "Don't worry, dude."

They checked out and left, and all I can think is how awesome big brother is, how sweet little brother is, and how Dad ought to be ashamed for trying to make his son any other way.


This piece was originally published on Kristen's blog, www.sweetupndown.tumblr.com.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kriste...usaolp00000009



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Awww, I love that story! It's sad but good.

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What kind of father is he? Chastising your own son over a purple controller ?


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What kind of father is he? Chastising your own son over a purple controller ?
A bad one. But it's unfortunately common!



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I have Mirror's Edge. I found it kind of boring, no wonder his dad told him to get something else

Lovely story though
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don't believe the story really happened but it's a nice urban myth.

17 yr old kissing his younger brother in public? yeah, right ...

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I have Mirror's Edge. I found it kind of boring, no wonder his dad told him to get something else
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I want an update on this story in 10 years.

Prediction: The older brother is now an out and proud homosexual, very hot (having repudiated "stocky" for "athletic/lean/defined", while maintaining "handsome" and tall") and setting gay hearts aflutter with his beautiful personality (oh, marry me!).

Younger brother is a hipstery douche SNAG wearing dumbass-suspenders and macking on wispy-thin girls in gossamer-dressers, trying to impress them with his knowledge of hipster-appropriated campy 90s icons like Mariah Carey and, I don't know, Celine or some shit. He has refined his favourite colour to lilac, after sustaining a lifetime (high school is always a lifetime) of jokes about being "that Whoopi Goldberg fanboy who loves that movie from the 80s".

A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.

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I have Mirror's Edge. I found it kind of boring, no wonder his dad told him to get something else

Lovely story though
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don't believe the story really happened but it's a nice urban myth.

17 yr old kissing his younger brother in public? yeah, right ...
What's wrong with that?

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Wow that was soo cute. It actually got me teary eyed I'm such a sissy..
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