Would you help Jack off the horse?

Last week my cousin Jack got married. It was great to be part of the wedding and share in the great memory. Another memory in a lifetime of memories with Jack. Jack and I have some pretty fun stories, some of which I would like to share.

4 years old:

Purim is a Jewish holiday where people dress up in costume. When Jack and I were four years old, our mothers decided to dress us up in matching costumes for Purim. I guess Mickey and Minnie Mouse were the only costumes left at the store. I ended up being Minnie.

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13 years old:

When we were in elementary school, Jack and I went to a sleep away camp for a month. We were a little sheltered at the time and we got picked on a lot. They used to ask me “If Jack helped you on a horse, would you help Jack off the horse?” Then they would laugh. “Of course I would help Jack off the horse.” More laughter. We didn’t understand that we were being made fun of… If you ask me now, I would have the same answer.  I would still help Jack off the horse.

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College:

Our Senior year of college Jack and I lived together.  Jack and I both had mopeds that we would ride to school, and sometimes in the winter one of the mopeds would not start. So we would both ride on one moped. There was this big hill leading up to our classes, and the moped couldn’t make it up with both of us. So one of us would jump off and run beside the moped as the other rode. We had matching jeans jackets. Living with Jack was awesome.

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“Adults”:

Jack and I both went back to Myrtle Beach to work with our respective family businesses. We would hang out regularly, and started doing outdoor workouts – flipping tires, pulling trucks, etc…. We signed up for a military obstacle course race before they were really a thing. Jack got dehydrated half way through the race, and I ended up carrying him on my shoulders over the finish line.

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Jack and I lived in the same city for the first 24 years of our life. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to build such a close relationship with my cousin who is more like a brother.

 

Would you help Jack off the horse?

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