Char Star

I remember overhearing this conversation and just thinking, “Oh, Charlotte…”

Charlotte and Chrissy on a typical afternoon

The classic Chrissy smirk

Chrissy can read you like a book.

How could you resist this opening?

Once upon a time, Mom and Dad had free time

It was a baby in a bottle. It was you.

How cute and oh-so-probable!

That's what I would do!

Charlotte Starfish Belanger

It all fits.

The best part was that when she ran up to check with Mom, Mom was so distracted, she accidentally corroborated this story with an absent-minded “Mmmm-hmmm…”

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110 thoughts on “Char Star

      1. Awww, warm fuzzies! I think there’s only one person that ever bothers to read ours, too. Which is a little sad because there are usually some funnies hidden in there.

      1. I think he was 8 at the time and my mom totally played along for a little while. Told him about the dark and stormy night that my parents brought him home and how I wasn’t totally sure about him at first. Once he got wise to me I started telling strangers that I was adopted instead. ;)

  1. As a sister, I can definitely relate. As a mom, I guess I better be careful about what I distractedly agree to around my kids. I could scar them for life. Wonderful as always. Absolutely love the beach scenes and the silhouette of your parents. You surprise me weekly with new details and always outdo yourself. Love it!

  2. I wonder if there’s actually a set of siblings anywhere who never heard a version of this. We’re Asian and our eldest sister used to tell the rest of us that we became her sisters only after *her* parents found us abandoned in carabao manure! :D

  3. My brother and I would always tease my little brother (who was the only one in my family with blond hair) that he was adopted and that was why he looked so different from us. We were so mean.

  4. So mean! And so funny! I think everyone with siblings can attest to at least one outrageous “adoption” story whether it’s yourself or your sibling who is the adopted child…I’m still giggling over this! :)

      1. the bad part is my dad used to playfully confirm my story. then he even added parts. my brother was pretty gullible at one point. ah, the best years. I once told him a piece of red shiny paper was a ‘ruby’ and in exchange he should give me his chocolate (I’d eaten mine). So he did. Then he looked at the shiny red worthless paper, then at me eating the chocolate and he cried. My finest moment to date.

  5. I thought it was just my siblings who did such things. It was my YOUNGER brother who tried telling me I was adopted. You, and your work are AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!

  6. I’ve been following your blog for ages, I love it.. Today I just couldn’t help but comment, visually stunning and story so well told!! Thank you for all your hard work. I’m the third of 4 girls!

  7. I love and adore your blog. It tugs so many strings of my heart at once. But…

    You should try to define your sisters more clearly. It is really muddled up in my mind. Could you please, please (please!) do me a tiny favor and update your cover photo of the five sisters with names? Like scribbling names across each girl. That would make remebering all of your people so much easier. And yes, I always wondered whether I was adopted or not. I really wanted to be adopted, actually. :D

  8. Hilarious, especially the part where Mom absent-mindedly replies with “Mmm-hmmm.” I’m also guilty of doing that. Guess I better start paying attention because they make up some of the WILDEST stories.

  9. You are genius. I sound like a broken record, I know! But thanks for your hard work in making us laugh every time. I SO enjoy the visuals. *permagrin*

  10. Without question, I look forward to your posts more than any others…My sister told me I was adopted and that she was telling me even though she was sworn to secrecy. This was also the reason why I always got the Ken doll and she always took the Barbie when we played dolls. Being an older sister has its advantages…:-) But believe me, when my second was born, I think I began whispering “you are as biologically mine as your brother – don’t let him take you there” as soon as he was born.

  11. The baby in the bottle is the funniest thing !!!!! ( I used to tell my brother I was mixed up at the hospital & would someday be taken to go live a much more exciting life…..)

  12. If i said that to my sister ..she would probably start laughing at me and then say with a very sad face that i have got the story wrong way around :D
    Awesome drawings!

  13. Nicole, when you’re illustrating these stories, do you glue everything down right away, or do you cut and place everything in one panel, and then move it around for the next?

  14. This post was so, so funny. Such a great slice of life of the evils of siblings. I laughed so hard at the baby in the bottle picture. I actually read this post the day you published it — and then I forgot to comment and such as I absolutely had to pass ithe laptop over to my husband to see. Sorry I got sidetracked but here I am back again!

  15. This is your first blog I have read and now I’m going to read more. really made me laugh. I’m one of 5 too, although not the middlest. I remember overhearing some of these gems too.

  16. I bet Char found it comforting ever afterwards when somebody in the family did something she didn’t like – thank goodness we’re not REALLY related.

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