One of their favorite tricks was to put on an old record of my father's called "Ghost Riders in the Sky" by Vaughan Monroe. Then those two
When my brothers got bored with that game, another of their favorites was to play "What if...?"
"What if gravity disappeared and we all floated out to space?" "What if the oceans suddenly rose, and we all drowned?"
"What if Mom and Dad never came home...?"
This last one terrified me more than anything. My blood would turn to ice at the thought of my parents, mangled in a car wreck somewhere, never coming home again. The very thought of it was enough to put me into a catatonic state for the rest of the evening. By this point, of course, my wretched brothers were full of glee, and off to the kitchen table for a rousing game of Checkers or Monopoly.
My brothers and I all laugh about it now, and they have now grown into mature, responsible men. They feel very bad about teasing their little sister this way, and they have no idea of some of the lasting effects it has had.
And just listening to this song still scares the tar out of me.