Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Subscribe | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us
Chino Valley Review | Chino Valley, Arizona

home : opinions : opinions February 5, 2016

11/28/2012 10:30:00 AM
Bad news: my brother hates me

Matt Santos

I just found out some bad news. My brother hates me.

So as not to embarrass him or air our family's dirty laundry, I won't identify him (Gabriel Santos of California). I'm better than that.

I'm not trying to say we were a perfect family. We had all the normal sibling rivalries and arguments, stuff like that, but to think that my own flesh and blood, who shall remain nameless (Gabriel Santos of California who lives in a brown house on a corner and drives a van) actually hates me?

That's a tough pill to swallow.

He hasn't actually come out and said he hates me. He's much too clever for that.

Instead he has taken a very sneaky route to show his hatred. He sent my son a drum set.

A very loud drum set.

With a cymbal.

And sticks.

And a big bass drum.

Yep, he hates me.

I guess I should have known this evilness was lurking under the surface. I have a photo taken years ago, I was around two and he was five, that shows the two of us sitting on a bench. He has a big smile on his face and it appears that he has his arm around my shoulder in a nice, brotherly embrace.

But in light of his recent actions involving my offspring and WMD's (Weapons of Music & Drums), I now know he was actually trying to strangle me.

I've discussed this betrayal with some friends and co-workers, and they all seem to believe this is some sort of payback for something bad I did as a child.

Of course they're way off base, as I was a perfect child, a virtual angel among boys, never doing anything that would invite this kind of behavior.

So why would anyone buy a sweet innocent child like my son something as horrible as a drum?

I've read that drums can be a gateway instrument. Some start innocently enough, pounding away on pails or oatmeal boxes, then the next thing you know they're roaming the streets in marching bands, wearing tall hats and braided jackets.

Then comes the hard stuff - tubas, pianos, xylophones, and, of course, electric guitars.

So why does he hate me? Why did he do this horrible, horrible thing to my family?

Why a drum? Why not a, I don't know, a box of crayons or finger paints?

How about a toy truck or something quiet like a BB gun?

But a drum set? A big, loud, keeps-me-up-at-night-and-wakes-me-up-early-in-the-morning drum set?

Yep - he hates me, and I don't know why.

Matt Santos is the reporter for the Chino Valley Review.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Chino Valley mayor temporarily suspends invocation

•   Chino Valley acts to limit medical marijuana facilities

•   Chino police identify man suspected of leaving suspicious package

•   Road 1 North traffic signal pushed back to 2022

•   Archery on target with Chino youth

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Dana Hoyer

cute article. grandparents do that too you know buying the noisiest toys for their grandchildren to play with but only at mom and dad's house not theirs.

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Chino Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast

weather sponsored by

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Chino Valley Review is the information source for Chino Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, cvrnews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved