I was super lucky to spend the weekend with all six of my siblings. I love my sister’s dearly and have a very special connection with each of them, but there is just something special about the love I have for my brothers.
I’m not really sure what it is even. When we were younger I was the littlest and youngest so I often got left out or picked on a little more, or at least I felt like I was. I’m not complaining, that was just the nature of the beast.
But as I got older and my brothers each left the house I realized how important they were to me. I like to think that I am a combination of all of them and their redeeming attributes, and probably some of the less stellar ones as well.
They taught me the value of working with your hands and creating things. They helped me value a gentle word and the ability to be a peacemaker. They showed me how to be brave and talk to people and make friends (something I still struggle with to be honest).
They also taught me how to love unconditionally. I have personally witnessed my brothers stepping up to take care of someone in the family, even at significant cost to themselves, because they needed help. They had no ulterior motive or end game, they simply rose to the occasion and provided the help that was needed.
I don’t talk to, or see, my brothers as much as I would like. Only one of them is likely to even see this since the other two don’t use Facebook much or at all, but I am so grateful for the brothers that I was blessed with.
That is why it made me so happy this morning to see the picture below.
Recently Ty has really loved being read to. He brings over book after book and just wants to listen. He actually doesn’t care what the book is as evidenced by the handwriting practice book he brought me the other day.
Easton struggled quite a bit with reading at first but has really learned quickly over the last few no the and is now reading above his grade level, and I am super proud of him.
To see Easton sitting with his brother this morning brought great joy to my heart. I know it is a simple thing, but it is moments like this that will help build a bond to last a lifetime. I can only hope that they will be as awesome of brothers to each other as mine were to me.