In nearly every family there is some form of sibling rivalry, usually spurred on by jealousy or contempt. Sibling rivalry was an understatement when it came to the Rogers family. There were two brothers, Will and Kenny. Will was the older of the two and he had animosity for his younger brother Ken, ever since the the first day he laid his eyes on him in the hospital. Most sibling rivalries diminish as the children get older, but that was not the case in the Rogers family. To make things worse, Kenny suffered from ADHD which could even worsen the situation when he got very hyperactive.

The television was a constant problem. The parents had not allowed the children to have their own televisions in their room, so they were relegated to sharing the living room television. With their satellite television, there was always something on to watch, but it was always a competition for the remote and when one of them wanted to watch something, the other wanted to watch something else. They had to have certain times when they were allowed to have the remote so that hostility could be avoided.

Finally, there was an explosion that resulted in the parents changing their stance about having televisions in their bedrooms. It was the Christmas vacation and they were in their ski chalet in Sun Valley, Idaho. Will was a freshman in college and it was his first time coming home from school. He brought five of his friends to learn to ski and snowboard and have a great time in the snow, because most of them were from the southern United States so it was a neat experience to be surrounded by snow.

During the day they were on the slopes and at night they were cruising around in Will’s car, or hanging out with some of his friends. Kenny, who wasn’t old enough to drive stayed at home and had access to all the satellite television he wanted, without any interruptions. This all changed when Will and his friends were driving home one night and hit a patch of ice that ended with the car rolled over in a snow bank. Everyone was totally fine, but the car stopped working after that, so they were confined to the house at night after that. There was no way that either of Will’s parents were going to let him use their car.

Kenny did not handle this new change very well, and was not afraid to share his feelings. He had been up in his room peacefully playing a video game on his computer and when he came down to watch television, he was very unhappy to see the den full of Will and his friends. The remote was lying on a coffee table and Kenny immediately snatched it and started changing the channels. The guys got annoyed because they were in the middle of a movie. Will tackled Kenny to the floor and wrestled the remote away from him. Kenny charged upstairs to their parent’s bedroom where they were watching television and grabbed the remote from them and came charging downstairs and threw the remote as hard as he could.

When Will came to, he was riding in the back of his parent’s car; his head was killing him and was wrapped in a towel. The last thing he remembered was seeing Kenny throwing the remote. His parents said that he had been knocked out and he was definitely going to need some stitches. He got fixed up at the hospital and returned home.

His parents discussed it, and they were seriously embarrassed by Kenny. Kenny was grounded to his room without television for the remainder of the vacation. The parents decided that to avoid future incidents like this one, they would add satellite television connections to both of the boy’s rooms. They contacted the satellite company and discovered it was very cheap to add the new receivers. No one was sure if Kenny had learned his lesson, but everyone was sure that it wouldn’t happen again.

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