Recently we received my oldest son’s writing samples- various snippets that he has put together over the past month or so. One really stood out to us, both my wife and I found it amazing and precious at the same time. The topic was change and he wrote the following:
There was an experience of change with me when I got a brother. That means I always have company. I have so much fun with him. He is my best friend. We are mean to each other sometimes. We never get in trouble. So when I got a brother things really changed. I like that things really changed a lot.
I think this can be listed as a definition of brotherhood, especially the “mean … sometimes” part. And now it is documented for all time, although I will save reminding him of it until absolutely needed. Perhaps when one of them is speaking at the other’s wedding we can pull it out.