I do agree Ben, in fact, there is one childish act that runs in my family which I really dislike. So I thought up this story.
Once there were two brothers. They took it in turns to look after their little sister Cari. The first brother would set up nest eggs in Cari’s name and park her in front his oversized TV. The second taught her to skip everywhere, just like he did, and bought chocolate milks that would sticky their fingers. One day when the second brother dropped Cari off covered in paint with tangled frizzy hair, the first brother lost it.
“You’re late again. Look at her!”
“I know, she looks so cute. We had a coloured water bomb fight.”
“The state of her hair.”
“I was the last one to the car last night, so she was allowed to pick our outfits today. She calls it witchy-chic.”
“She’ll never grow up with you around. You’re so childish! I’m taking her for two weeks this time.”
The brothers argued in unison, “She likes it better at my place!”
The second brother grinned at Cari, “Jinx! Can’t say it back!”
The first brother grabbed Cari’s hand and walked silently inside, as the second called out.
“C’mon we’re brothers I don’t want to fight. It’s Cari’s life, shouldn’t she have a say?”
But the door closed and remained that way every time he came back to talk. The second brother left phone messages, letters, flowers, and even an expensive digital watch that he thought his brother would like. But there was no reply.
Inside the house, the first brother had made a pile of these letters and was trying to stuff them into the bin. Cari watched.
“You’re being childish,” she said.
“He’s the one… he was hogging yo-”
He stopped on hearing himself, “what should I do Cari?”
And so she devised a plan which involved screaming into pillows, painting their emotions, and drinking chocolate milk. When they had finished they went to the second brother’s house, covered in paint with sticky chocolate fingers.
“Cari says we should shake hands and say sorry.”
The second brother smiled and extended his hand.
“Ew sticky fingers! Seriously though, who’s hiding the chocolate milk?”