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Monday Musings * A Letter to My 9-Year-Old Self : Little Brothers
Mom says it all the time. One day you will love your brother and sister. One day, you will even be friends!
You roll your eyes. You know there’s no way that wild little red head and you will ever be friends. Sure, you love him, but friends? More like maybe one day we will get along and that will be great.
You know he means well. You know he is kind-hearted. But sometimes that kindness just seems so far away. He’s a whirling dervish and you swear he really is out to get you- he rips the heads off your barbies, is constantly yelling potty words, and who knows when the last time he bathed was!
On the good days, you notice what a sweetie pie he is with the animals- his boxer Emma affectionately named “My Princess Doggy”. You notice that he really is funny. You notice that when he’s not ganging up on your and physically destroying your baby dolls, he’s kinda fun- and let’s be honest, he makes a great actor every time you make him act out “Three Ninjas” with you. Admit it, it’s bizarre, but sometimes it’s fun to pretend your pool is a giant toilet that is flushing you down to god knows where (I said SOMETIMES).
One day, you will blink and before you know it, you will be 31 and he’ll be 27. You will look back at the early days with a sigh and a giggle, was he really that bad? You will find yourself calling him, just to say, “hi”. You will find yourself working with him, teaching with him, you will be be photographing with him.
You will still be silly together, the two of you bring out some type of genetically-laced goofiness, which always includes dancing, weird voices and tons of laughter. You will find yourself trying to figure out life with him, talking about the past, dreaming about your future. You will smile as he plays with your daughters, as he builds ice castles out of your couch cushions, designs a baseball game with princesses and old baseball figurines, and you will feel content and excited by just how enthralled your girls are with him, they are drawn to him.
I don’t know where the far-off-future will take you, but I will tell you that mom is right. You will be friends. You will grow up and depend on each other at times. You will love him with all of your heart and only wish him well. So for now, ride it out, he won’t always be so carefree (careless?), so potty-mouthed and so incredibly covered in dirt!
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