Sticks and stones may break your bones but your leg is only fractured

Tough Break, Charlotte

When Charlotte fractured her leg, she got no sympathy from any of us. If she had BROKEN it, we would have given her lots and lots of pity and attention, but a fracture? That didn’t sound anywhere near as dramatic. It was years before any of us realized that a break and a fracture were the same thing. Sorry, Charlotte. You were right, we were wrong, we are the dirtiest things of all.

That Doogie portrait actually exists, guys.(click to enlarge)

"Wanna sign my cast? I broke my leg!"

"No, you didn't" "Um, what?"

"I heard Dad say your leg was fractured"

Well, I don't know what 'fractured' means but look-- I have crutches. I have a cast. I HAVE a broken leg!"

"It's just a fractured leg"

"It's broken. I HAVE A CAST. Are you gonna sign it or NOT?!"


Sticks and stones may break your bones but your leg is only fractured

"Hey, Charlotte! I heard you fractured your leg."





102 responses to “Tough Break, Charlotte”

  1. becomingcliche Avatar

    Triple-like. Your girls have the most expressive faces!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I have fun trying to match their real expressions with just paper. Chrissy’s “I know I’m pushing your buttons” smirk is hard to capture.

      1. Monica Avatar

        It’s so wonderful done by you still. Great work and please keep all the laughter coming!

  2. Ms. Jolly Blogger Avatar

    Hilarious, as always! Love it! :)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I was afraid no one would like this one for some reason. Glad to be proved wrong!

  3. Rae Avatar

    Haha, how can I permanently like all of your posts? I love the effect you got of the writing on the cast. Also, where can I buy the girls’ outfits? I really want that skirt and top combo.

    1. Tin Roof Press Avatar

      I agree. I’m always liking. There should be 5 or 6 like buttons with varying degrees of ‘likeness’ on each.

      1. Pierro's mum Avatar

        I think there should be a like button with every scene window or whatever that word is :-D
        I had two older sisters and oh wowie this brings back major memories

    2. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I made a cast for that. Took forever to dry considering it was only a 3″x3″ cast! I got the girls’ latest outfits from TJ Maxx… seriously, they had discounted scrap paper, haha!

  4. Tin Roof Press Avatar

    aw! That is funny and sad at the same time! the plaster message cracked me up

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Poor Charlotte always got it the worst from Chrissy.

      1. Tin Roof Press Avatar

        a fracture when i was younger always sounded worse to me.
        Like she broke her leg – sad. aw
        She got a fracture – NO! a fracture!! woah.

  5. Chatter Master Avatar
    Chatter Master

    I absolutely adore your posts! Thank you for being so crazy creative and funny!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      We should probably give her chocolates and massages now to make up for it.

  6. riatarded Avatar

    Well to be honest, it is just fractured :p

  7.  Avatar

    Haha! This is very funny! I was having a bad day, but your post cheered me up! :-)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Aw, I’m glad I could help!

  8. Boggleton Drive Avatar

    The amount of detail in the first panel is amazing.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks :) I love adding all the little details. It makes me feel less homesick, somehow.

      1. Jasmine Avatar

        I love the photos and the girls’ shoes… so great.

  9. xlalalalisax Avatar

    This cheered me up, thank you :-)

  10. booksnob Avatar

    Charlotte’s rage face is killing me! hahahahahahaha

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yeah, I can aaaaallllmost see why Chrissy loved to push our buttons until we all exploded.

  11. MJ, Nonstepmom Avatar

    My step daughters have these “arguements” constantly….its sooo much funnier in paper cartoon form !

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Ha, yes, I agree. It’s much more fun to recreate these old arguments in paper form than it was to live through them the first time.

  12. Paprika Furstenburg Avatar

    I look forward to these every week! Love the angry cheeks.

  13. May Avatar

    Sounds like my family, hahaha!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Haha :) Glad you can relate!

  14. Miranda Gargasz Avatar
    Miranda Gargasz

    I love everything about this post. My favorite things are the pictures on the writing desk. How cool!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! :) They are photos of my parents getting married, my grandparents, and my late cousin.

  15. Charlotte Belanger III Avatar

    It was broken!! I love this one, of course, it’s about time the world knew the truth! And mom and dad’s wedding pic miniaturized? So awesome.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Sorry, Charlotte. We owe you.

  16. Noteworthy Avatar

    I love Rapunzel appearances. But not as much as I love that Jeremy tribute.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      What, no love for the Doogie portrait?

      1. Noteworthy Avatar

        Of course I love the Doogie portrait! But the Punzie fur is so good!

  17. Michael Cargill Avatar

    Hmmm, this one sounds suspiciously like that “we were on a break” plotline from Friends.

    This is all a big LIE.

    I completely missed all the details in the first panel until someone else mentioned them. Some good work there.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I love adding details from my parents’ actual house. That portrait of the dog is totally real.

  18. Geek 20/20 Avatar
    Geek 20/20

    your posts remind me of my childhood craziness
    we used to argue over who was really sick in our family!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      An important argument. Fakers get no sympathy!

  19. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    How can such a mean sister be so funny?
    I love the portrait of the dog in the first frame.I enlarged it to see the details.



    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks, Ronnie! That portrait is totally real. Only now, the portrait also contains my mom’s new dog. I posted a photo of it on my twitter account this morning. You can see it here:!/MiddlestSister/status/172341969585061888/photo/1

  20. Angie Z. Avatar

    “Fractured” — I remember that word tripping me up as a kid. I thought fractured was like a tiny tear, like a hangnail on your bone.

    The dog’s ears — the exact same dog in the painting. So great. (Gasp! Was this the “Doogie” that Chrissy kicked?!) Along with the real photos. Loved this.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yup, that’s Doogie, the world’s lamest dog. The portrait is real and hangs in my parents’ living room today, only with the new addition of the world’s second most lamest dog, Mickey. I posted it on twitter this morning:!/MiddlestSister/status/172341969585061888/photo/1

      1. Angie Z. Avatar

        I’m so glad I looked at your twitter feed because not only do I see how lame your dogs are (just kidding) but I saw how adorable you are! Adorable!

        1. themiddlestsister Avatar

          Ha! Thanks, Chrissy had just done my hair that day and it was pretty. It is rarely pretty. :)

  21. Pierro's mum Avatar

    LOVE this.
    You are amazing, and you make me smile
    thank you for that <3

  22. muddledmom Avatar

    Oh, I can see my know-it-all son saying something like that to my daughter. Hilarious! So many details to look at. I was hoping I would see a post from you today. Thank you!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Siblings always know just how to get under each other’s skin.

  23. Connie B. Dowell Avatar
    Connie B. Dowell

    Hilarious as always! Isn’t the truth often much funnier than fiction?

  24. Curly Carly Avatar
    Curly Carly

    Loved it! Your posts really are amazing. I’m so impressed with your ability to convey stories so well using inanimate objects.

    My family (parents included) didn’t believe me when I said I thought I broke my wrist. Days later, they agreed to take me to the doctor, who delivered the delightful news that yes, I had broken it. Ah, vindication.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks, Carly! I had an episode like that myself involving an inflamed appendix… :)

  25. missemmalou Avatar

    This is hilarious! I have to reblog this! I really love your blog!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you, Miss Emma Lou!

  26. missemmalou Avatar

    Reblogged this on how miss emmanuelle stepped into her groove and commented:
    This is the most recent post of my favorite blog!

  27. Monica Avatar

    I love all your posts. You make us laugh and brighten our days!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank, Monica :) That is sweet

  28. monicastangledweb Avatar

    I just adore your pictures. Have you written a children’s book. With your sly sense of humor, it would make a great book for kids and parents, alike.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I would love to write a book, but it turns out that finding an agent and getting published is actually very difficult. Still, I’ll keep trying :)

  29. Roda Avatar

    Better late than never I guess

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Haha, hope she thinks so, too!

  30. joehoover Avatar

    So much detail in this one, hilarious!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! It’s so fun for me. I’ve got a majorly detailed one in the works that will take months to complete.

      1. joehoover Avatar

        Look forward to it, I’m amazed you get them out as frequently as you do and always hilarious!

  31. imeyda Avatar

    woww so goodd :) like this :)

  32. MegansBeadedDesigns Avatar

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! I love your posts! (The inflamed red cheeks! Too perfect!!!)

  33. :) Avatar

    Reblogged this on Friday is Forever and commented:
    The middle child syndrome – I totally get it.

  34. Jess Banuelos Avatar

    You deserve this and I’d enjoy learning more about you, so, TAG YOU’RE IT!!

  35. pegoleg Avatar

    Poor, poor Charlotte – I don’t blame her for having angry cheeks. The detail in the first picture is da bomb.

  36. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    Brilliant as usual and make me laugh aloud as usual. I love the details on the table with the keys letters and the shoes underneath. And I love the eyebrows, but I said that before.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! This will be a fun new background for me, like the kitchen, where the items change constantly.

  37. Emily Avatar

    How did Charlotte break her leg? Also, I had the “disbelief” experience in reverse this past August–I fell down the stairs, and broke my foot (right foot, fifth metatarsal, all the way through, with two other hairline breaks near it that the X-ray technician could see, but I couldn’t), but I didn’t believe it was broken. I thought I’d just sprained my ankle, until two days after the fact, when I woke up in the morning to find my foot swollen to twice its normal size, in a pretty frightening shade of purple.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Oh, she fell off of something slippery at a neighbor kid’s house. That sounds like a serious injury! Poor you! Sound much worse than Charlotte’s fracture.

      1. Emily Avatar

        Well, the good thing was, it wasn’t displaced, and nothing was popping through my skin, so the doctor didn’t have to set my foot, he just wrapped it in bandages. I didn’t get a full cast either, just a crepe bandage (and then, on my own, I put an Ace bandage over that), because my foot was too swollen for a fibreglass cast, so it was plaster or nothing, and I didn’t see myself not being able to shower, put weight on my foot, or do anything at all for six weeks. My room was on the second floor of the uni sharehouse where I was living and working as a mentor to eight other students–so, I chose the “slower healing, more mobility” option, and kept right on mentoring. Seriously, five days later, I was hopping around the kitchen on one foot, baking birthday cupcakes for two of my housemates.

  38. publikworks Avatar

    Those eyebrows, they’re so expressive. You do brilliant work, tms. By the way, how is life without cheese?

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! Life without cheese is hard. I bought Irish Cheddar to go along with last night’s dinner for my family and I ate some. I knew it was wrong, but it was Irish Cheddar. That’s special. It only comes around once a year… As of this morning, I’m back on track though. It’s 8:13 and I’ve had no cheese in my coffee. This is easy.

      1. publikworks Avatar

        I had cheese in mine, so you’re good.

  39. Jaki Belanger Avatar
    Jaki Belanger

    You guys are so relentless! I had forgotten all about that, how do you remember all these things. Nice tribute to Jeremy:)

  40. daffodils & dishwater Avatar

    The note on the cast is so funny! Only a sibling could come up with something this good!

  41. Emily Avatar

    OMG, I had an English teacher in grade twelve. I was in OAC 1 English, winter semester 2003, at Barrie Central Collegiate, and my teacher’s name was Ms. Losell. I’d never heard of anyone else doing that before or since, until now.

  42. BillyBites Avatar

    Thanks, this is a great post!

  43. Anna Avatar

    Loved it! When I fractured my arm, my line was “See? I’t’s not broken! Just fractured!” My family still hasn’t let me live that one down.

  44. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown Avatar

    Aaaahhh that’s amazing. Was she really clever enough to write that on a cast? Because it’s so brilliant it hurts.

  45. Time To Be Inspired Avatar

    I was paged at the theatre to hear that my son had fractured his leg. I was so relieved because I thought that meant it wasn’t broken. Oops! Love your paper craft!

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