Playing against stereotypes

Let’s have a little fun and play a game. In this game, however, you’re playing with the members of my family! Here’s how it works: I’m going to give you a list of family members, then a list of ages, and you have to guess which age belongs to which family member. Ready? Here we go:

Family
Me
Mother
Father
Husband
Son 1
Son 2
Stepmother
Half brother 1
Half brother 2
Mother’s special friend

Ages:
68
63
57
57
44
41
15
12
7
4

Have a little think about that for a minute ….

How did you go? This might help:

My stepmother is three years younger than me.
My husband is six years younger than my mother.
My mother’s friend is six months younger than my husband.
My half brothers are young enough to be my sons.
My sons are young enough to be my grandsons.
My boys have an uncle who isn’t a teenager yet.

So you don’t need to be a mathematician to work out that when we all go out in public, people get very confused. I always enjoy observing those looks – the ones where someone’s thinking, ‘is that the father or the husband? Is he a grandson or a son?’

Fortunately, love can’t add up for shit.

Published by JB

When I'm not writing I'm doing paid work in Communications or International Relations, being mum to two teenage boys, attempting to maintain a reasonable marriage, and constantly adjudicating the battle between my inner feminist and inner domestic goddess, goddammit.

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