Punishment for Grandma

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Let me tell you…

Breno was born in Canada to Brazilian parents. At just 7 years old, he is the “golden boy” of the Family, which already has 5 aunts and his maternal grandmother living nearby. They all immigrated to Canada in search of a better life and Breno is the result of the marriage of Dona Rosa’s youngest daughter to a Brazilian she met in Canada. In Alice’s house, the rules are clear: every time Breno is disobedient, he is not allowed to play video games for 1 to 2 days. The little fellow is already familiar with the punishment he would receive if he were stubborn and disobedient.

Dona Rosa has always been very religious, sometimes even overly religious. She doesn’t miss any service at the church where a good community of Brazilians and Portuguese get together. Even in winter, not even the snow, wind or cold prevents her from going to meetings during the week, and of course, on Sundays. At the age of seventy-five, she was stubborn and did not dress warmly enough when she went out.

-Mum, you’re going to get the flu again if you do not dress up warmly when you go out to church! Her daughters complained.

One Sunday in the middle of January, after catching her mother coming back from church without a scarf, Alice immediately scolded her:

– Mother! You really are stubborn! You went out again without dressing warmly enough in this cold weather! What are we going to do with you, huh?

Breno, who was nearby, promptly made a suggestion:

-Her punishment, Mum, should be that she can’t go to church for 2 days this week!

The punishment, of course, was not applied, but Breno’s suggestion is the source of much laughter in the family.