Sibling Love

Excuse me for bragging, but my youngest son kicked ass at the End of the Year School Awards ceremony.
My GOD. I’m so proud to be his mother.
He recieved a “Citizenship” award, a “Recognition with HONORS” award, a “Service” award for outstanding service as a student council Representive (one of only TWO for the entire 3rd grade class, thank you very much) and (this one is my most favorite for obvious reasons) “The School District Writing Celebration, Young Authors” ribbon for excellence in writing. His was one of only THREE stories chosen to be displayed at the district office as being one of the “best written stories” of 2006.
Hello, Future Blogger of America! (I know, poor kid, I should lower my expectations.)
As he stood up there, with all of his awards in hand and a huge smile across his face, my heart was bursting with pride and I had to hold back from standing on my chair and screaming out “LOOK AT THE KID! HE’S AWESOME! AND I’M HIS MOTHER!”
I am pretty sure that the fact that my son kicks so much acedemic ass makes me a “good breeder.”
He’s such an awesome kid and seriously? One of the funniest human beings I’ve ever known. He’s also fiercly loyal, protective and affectionate.
Oh, and? He loves The Ladies.
He once deemed himself “The Protector of Girls.” And man, he takes his self given title seriously.
Like the one time some boy was picking on a girl at a party, my son got right in the kids face and said “DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A HAPPY FACE, DUDE?”
What makes that so funny is that the kid was about 10 years old and Ethan was 6. He didn’t care, he was just “doing his job.”
Protector of GirlsOne of the greatest joys of my life has been watching him with my daughter. He’s incredibly loving with her, sensitive to her feelings, and extremely protective of her.
((OMG! The Cheese&trade, it has returned!)
Every once in a while, he’ll stand in her bedroom and stare at her baby pictures. He’ll start to cry and say things like “This picture just makes me cry mom, because she’s growing up so fast, I can’t believe that’s the little baby I held in my arms at the hospital.”
The other day, I asked him what it felt like when he held her for the first time.
“Mom, it was like, the greatest moment of my life. I couldn’t believe how beautiful she was. I loved her right away.”
He loves her deeply and she loves him right back. Her face lights up when she sees him in the morning and when he leaves for school, she hugs him, kisses him and says “Bye Boo.”
The most exciting part of her day is when she hears his bus come roaring down the street. She literally freaks the hell out. She jumps up and down, squeels, laughs. I try to make sure we’re outside everyday so that she can be there to see him when he gets off the bus because what happens when he steps off of the bus is honestly one of the most precious things that I have ever witnessed as a mother.
She watches intently as the kids start filing out of the bus, waiting for the moment that her Brubber appears. The minute she sees him step out, she takes off running towards him. And then he runs towards her. And they run and run until the finally meet and he sweeps her off of her tiny little feet, and they hug and giggle.
And I cry. Every single time. Corny? Yes! But maybe if you saw it yourself, you’d understand how it could make a mother cry.
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60 thoughts on “Sibling Love

  1. Angel

    Definately best brubber. That brought me to tears, and I only know you and your kids through this blog.
    What a great entry, very touching.

  2. Itchy

    That is so sweet I may just have to go home and get pregnant tonight! :)
    This was beautiful, Y. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. charliesmama

    I have never posted here before, but am a long time reader. That is officially the cutest thing I have ever seen! I hope one day my charlie will have a little sister to love!

  4. Mer

    You know, we all think our kids are amazing but I love those moments when I get to see that Hey! They really are amazing and I’m actually doing a good job.
    Congrats Y. You’ve got a good one.

  5. Amy in the Twin Cities

    I’ve long admired your blog, but never commented even though I find you so inspiring. I had to come out of lurkdom to say THAT is about the sweetest thing I have ever seen, and now mandatory viewing for my brood. You are a gift to the Internets, Y.

  6. jen

    this made me cry, Y. yeah, either “old age” has turned me into a sap or you have quite possibly the most insanely sweet children ever.
    I really love this blog, have I ever mentioned that?

  7. Beth

    “DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A HAPPY FACE, DUDE?”
    - and -
    “This picture just makes me cry mom, because she’s growing up so fast, I can’t believe that’s the little baby I held in my arms at the hospital.”
    I lovelovelove this kid. He’s going to be a great man. :-)

  8. Stepherz

    Oh, how sweet! My two are the same way. Can you imagine having such a loving and nurturing bigger sibling? My son is ALL OVER my daughter, despite the 10 year difference in age. They are like peas and carrots! My daughter is 17 months and is a PLAYER! She knows how to make him do things that he would do for no other– not even MOM! That “Ahhh” noise she makes and points at her sippy cup that is only a reach away for her but several steps away for him– Yea, he’s grabbing it for her. Poor dude. He has no idea he has had his first finger wrapping. Oh, well. What do you do? We’re all in love with her…

  9. mmc

    How you could NOT cry at that every.time. is completely beyond me. I’m blubbering away, and I only know you in cyberspace…

  10. intuitivewoman

    Oh. My. Goodness! That was the sweetest post ever written. I was crying half way through it. So happy for you and your family, and way-to-go, Ethan! And that video? Made me melt. What a special bond they have. I just don’t have the words. Beautifully awesome. All of it.

  11. intuitivewoman

    Oh, and also…Way to Rock the Worm, gyrl! I had that ability well into my 20′s (and was damn proud of it!) but haven’t tried it in quite a while. I think the last time I did, me and my bf at the time were in a drunken stupor, at a gay bar, half naked in some sort of dance contest. I just hope and pray there were no cameras there!

  12. Melody

    That is one of the most precious things I’ve ever seen!! They are so sweet, and I’m so glad she has that bond with her big brother!!

  13. Kimberly

    I hate to say this but this post makes me so sad that I don’t have a son! That my girls have no brother! :( Keep posting things like this and I’ll have to stop hubby from going to get his snip-snip. :)
    On a lighter note, it is SO sweet that your kids have such a relationship. You are very blessed. :)

  14. FlippyO

    Awww, that’s so sweet. The relationship reminds me of me and my big brother (10 years older). He always watched out for me. Growing up with big brubbers was great.

  15. Belinda

    I’m reading with my 3.5-yr.-old daughter tucked into my arm, and we are both in love with Ethan now. In the video when littlun’ jumps into Brudder’s arms, my Bella proclaims, “AWWWW. They are best friends!”
    May it ever be so.

  16. Jerri Ann

    That is awesome! You have every reason to be proud. I was so afraid my children were going to hate each other but they don’t, whew! Looks like you have to gems on your hands as well…that is freakin’ precious!
    By the way, I have a guest blogger, go give her a yell of encouragement!

  17. melissa

    The pic of Ethan and Gabby is one of the most precious pictures I’ve ever seen Y!! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! You can just feel the love eminating from it!! ;0) Congrats to Ethan for all his awards, I know exactly how you are feeling!!! It’s one of the most awesomest feelings a mommy can have! ;0)

  18. Lisabc

    You have every reason to be proud Y. You have a beautiful family.
    Thanks so much for sharing these special moments with us all.

  19. velocibadgergirl

    OMG, Y, that video is the best thing since sliced bread!
    When you said G Unit runs to her brother, I pictured her running from the yard to the curb. I had no idea she ran down the entire BLOCK to meet him.
    I watched it twice in a row. Too freaking cute!

  20. Sarah

    Fantastic video – when they’re older, both of them will love you so much for recording that.

  21. goodthingscomin

    You have a beautiful soul Y. The love and affection you hold within you and share with the world are mind-blowing. This is the best post ever written as you’ve made me cry.

  22. Birds Boss

    OH
    MY
    LORD!!!!!
    I have been reading your blog for a few months now and had to come out and say you are awesome…i cried with this…see me crying?? this is one of the sweetest things i have seen in a long time….you are SMART, HILARIOUS, REAL AND INSPIRING…i look foward to more sweet posts like this about your great kids! damn thats alot of cheese ain’t it : )

  23. Jocelyn

    That is sooo sweet. I just watched the vid, like, 3 times in a row. You’re right, your son rocks.
    BTW, I *definitely* love The Worm.

  24. L

    I never wanted that video to end. Could you record it for us everyday? I hear you when you say it makes you cry on the daily… so cute! So sweet!
    I would like to bottle up this post and put it in my pocket for when I need something that will make me smile.

  25. chris

    i could hear the music swelling in the background as gabby and ethan got closer! long-time reader, usually-lurker- and totally impressed and delighted to see all the love and fun in your family! you guys are the real deal. (and it takes courage to do that, doesn’t it?) rock on.

  26. Tiffeny

    Hey Y update already this is the 5th time Ive checked your site to see if you updated today and No go. I wish I was kidding about the 5th time thing, stalker much? LOL
    I just knew an update was coming with the cute new flickr photos :)

  27. Nila

    I Heart Ethan. You seriously have the cutest kids, and my kids are pretty damn cute too. These are the moments mommies thrive on. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Daily Tragedies

    OMG, the absolute adorableness of it!
    Despite the fact that I would give my right arm for my little brother, I don’t recall him ever being *that* happy to see me. But it is nice to hear him threaten to beat up any “boys” who are mean to me. (I’m 27, mind you.)
    What a wonderful sibling relationship.

  29. Kat

    First time poster here and already I am crying my eyes out over your kids whom I just *met*! That’s the most tender thing I’ve seen on the internet – EVER.
    You are so out-of-this-freaking-planet funnnnnnny, too!
    I think I’ll hang out for a while…
    :)))

  30. Kelly

    I just linked to this entry today. Hope that’s okay Y!
    I can’t even begin to tell you what this entry made me feel and think about.
    It was just amazing.
    My heart exploded into a million little pieces when I read this. The video made me weep like a baby.
    You and your family are just sooooooo beautiful and amazing and precious.
    Truly.
    Thank you.

  31. Kari

    That video touched me deeply and transported me to a time and place that I had long forgotten.
    Simply awesome. You’re raising an amazing man.

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