day sixty-six: re-nurturing

It's time to start the transfer process around here.  One's coming home and one's going away.  It will be a mixed emotional bag once the news comes about the departure.  How do we make sure the leaving boy gets as much attention as the arriving one?

I am getting excited to see the interaction among my sons in 6 weeks when the return home happens.  Two years make a big difference in the growth of younger brothers, and I think #1 will be shocked.

I think about the September days in 1990 when it was so hot in our LA apartment, and I would take a cool shower and sit in front of the fan to cool off.  My big pregnant belly full with my little redheaded boy.  And #1 rubbing it and calling his brother Adam-baby.  I am anxious to see some quick, time-efficient nurturing again during the Winter when #1 will pass on knowledge again to this same brother.  Instead of fetching his pacifier or covering him with his blanket, I will see hugs and I will hear advice.  And I will watch and feel warm again, like those September days 19 years ago.

6 comments

Emma | October 24, 2009 at 8:21 AM

What a great story. Time changes so many thing and it's nice to see what come of it!!

Barbaloot | October 24, 2009 at 9:13 AM

I have a few brothers that just missed overlapping missions. It was great to see them working or talking together before the next one left. Good for you for already planning on enjoying it:)

Connie | October 24, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Exciting times ahead and yes, you're right, emotional times too.
You have such good boys.

Lara | October 24, 2009 at 8:03 PM

What a wonderful time your family is heading for! I remember my younger brother got his mission call while my parents were picking me up from my own mission, so we conference called the rest of the family from our hotel in Romania. That was cool.

And my youngest brother was shorter than me when I left and grew a foot and a half while I was gone. It was CRAZY to see him.

I'm excited for you. 6 weeks!

Heidi Ashworth | October 24, 2009 at 8:12 PM

What a neat perspective! (I will never have that happen at my house. There are so many things that happen differently in a family so spread apart in age.)

Eowyn | October 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Wow. I hope my kids get along when they are 19 and 21. Some days I don't see it.