Biting Cousins

Cathy and Linda0001When I was about three years old, my cousin Cathy’s parents moved their tiny egg-shaped trailer house under a big shade tree in our front yard. It was about as roomy as a nice bathtub. Like any right-thinking parents with two tiny children, they quickly moved into the house with our family, leaving us with four adults, a six-year-old, a three-year-old, an eighteen month old, and two newborns in a three bedroom house.  The women cooked, cleaned and watched the kids together every day.  Mother said it was a great time.

Pictured above are my cousin Cathy and me.  She was much smaller though only a year younger than I.  She also developed a nasty habit of biting.  After I was bitten a few times, Mother told me to “bite her back.”  She didn’t specify how hard.

The next time Cathy bit me, I bit her just below the eye and hung on.  Cathy screamed and Mamas came running.  Still I hung on.  Mother told me to turn loose but I was too wrought up to hear her.  She had to smack me to make me turn loose.  It hurt my feelings.  “You told me to bite her.”

“I didn’t tell you to bite a chunk out of her face.!”

Cathy had a bruise showing all my tooth prints.  It turned from purple to green to yellow.  I’m sorry, Cathy.

42 thoughts on “Biting Cousins

  1. Oh my Golly !! I would love to sit and just listen to you talk. I would not be able to stop laughing. You’re “I’m sorry Cathy” struck me as the funniest thing I’ve read in days and possibly weeks. I should probably say I’m sorry Cathy, too.

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  2. Great story! Brings back a memory of mine…my cousin was a biter, so I was told to bite her back…well, I tried, but I couldn’t catch her and make her be still so I could bite her on her back! 🙂

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  3. I do so enjoy your stories. To my mind, real life is the most interesting thing to write about. Funny, sad, soulful. every other human interaction is on display. Are you and Cathy “good?” LOL

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  4. Lol so funny, I know the so called professionals say you shouldn’t bite your children back if they bite you, but I did that with all three of my boys and I only had to do it once theu never bit anybody again.

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