T – Tease


“You have to tease your family.  You tease the ones that you’re closest to.”  Parvesh Cheena

“Listen, you only tease the ones you love.”   John Boehner


True success can be getting even after years of torment! The fall afternoon was dark and dreary. The house, when I arrived home from high school, was silent and eerily still.  I had expected my younger brother to be home from school prior to my arrival. I was anxious as our parents were out of town on business for a week.  I was concerned my rebellious brother would ignore my supposed authority and not come home after school. Then what would I do and how would I handle the situation?

Since we were teenagers, there had been a fair amount of tension between my brother and my parents.  I was even concerned that my brother was feeling suicidal, so I was especially nervous to be alone with him.

Ok, I’ll calm myself.  Besides, my boyfriend was due to call any minute! I had homework to do and dinner to prepare for my brother and me. But there lying on the hall floor was a brown paper bag. “I’ll just pick it up and put it away,” I thought.  Then, as I opened the closet door, suddenly, out fell a body onto the floor! My scream resounded throughout the house. I stood shaking, my heart pounding. There on the floor doubled up with laughter was my rascally brother. “Gotcha!” he laughed.  For years in our early childhood I had been a terrible tease.

As a small child I had loved to chase my brother with snakes or jump out of a closet at him as I screamed, “BOO!”  Repeatedly over the years, I would scare him as he ran to mother screaming.  Now, he had succeeded beyond his wildest imagination… in getting even!

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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10 Responses to T – Tease

  1. Gwynn, my heart was in my throat as I was reading this. You grabbed my attention so very well when you mention a body falling out of the closer. I didn’t know what to expect (with the suicidal mention earlier). Then, I was able to take a big, long breath … yay! all is well. Talk about well-written tension. 🙂
    Love how you brought the teasing story around, from the beginning to the very end. And so true, we tease those we care about, and love. I tease my son all the time. 🙂
    Lovely post. Thanks so much for sharing this experience.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Silvia, I laugh when I say “what goes around, comes around!” I’m sure your son will learn to be a tease too. I now tease my granddaughters, but they only say, “Ohhhhh grandmaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!” (with a smile!)

      Sometime, if you feel up to it, read my story, “Acceptance” back in my older family stories section. You will understand more of why I was concerned about my brother and what took place in our family.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. I appreciate you enormously.

  2. Susan Scott says:

    I was almost ‘vrekking’ as I was reading this Gwynn. (Vrekking is an Afrikaans word – verrry descriptive – sort of like ‘died’). Yup even stevens – but that was one hang of a fright! Lovely post thank you and I agree with Silvia about building the tension – only to sigh one of enormous relief! If it not snakes it’s boys in the closet. I’m nervous for the next one .. I remember being teased as a child – a boy who married my sister, chased me after he’d picked up a chameleon off the hedge. I thought it was a sssnake ..
    Garden of Eden Blog

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Kids can provide so much entertainment, can’t they Susan. I imagine your boys can do a pretty good job of teasing one another too. That afternoon with my brother WAS VERY EDGY, and BOY did he ever get even after all of my teasing!!

      Hmmm, I’ll see if I can keep up the suspense, but I think the next ones will be calm. 😉 So you can relax, but you might chuckle… I HOPE! Thanks for commenting Susan!

  3. patgarcia says:


    it sounds as if you had a very loving and understanding relationship with your brother.
    Very nice article, my dear.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      How my brother managed to stay friends with me, I’ll never know. I was a twerp when I was younger. However, Jim and I remained friends until the end. I do miss him.

      Thanks for commenting, Pat!

  4. Love the tension and release in this story, Gwynn. Vrekking, Susan says. Yes, I was, too, almost. What a dear relationship you had with your brother, like my brother, who was younger, and I; we were very close.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Yes, I do so miss my brother. I miss our friendship and our ability to talk about life’s issues, and of course our relationship with our parents. I would LOVE to ask him what he thought of me as an older sister… when we were younger… other than the fact that he knew he always had a friend in me. I hope you still have a good relationship with your brother!

      • Yes, my brother and I have a good relationship. I find it interesting that our take on growing up within our family differs sometimes; he was just that much younger, three years, that his experiences were different. Also, each of us remembers occurrences the other doesn’t. So, I’m glad to have him here to ask him, and vice versa, especially now that our parents are gone.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          I “think” my brother and I agreed on our family upbringing. However, now I can’t ask him… RATS! I do miss him. You are lucky to still have your brother around.

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