Today, on a very rare occasion, I decided to take advantage of the splendid, chilly weather and go running. *gasp* Me? Running? hehe. Like I said, it was a rare occasion. After I pulled on my running shoes, I went out to ask which of my 8 siblings would want to accompany me. Sadly, three of them were busy building a sheep-house, while the others were feasting on Mom's delicious taquitos. None of them wanted to go tire themselves out with me. (whaaat?) None of them, that is, except my youngest, 5 1/2 year old, golden-haired, little brother. We gasped, panted, and tried to convince each other that we didn't need to take a break as we raced down our country road. As we neared the quarter-mile mark, his little tongue came out as he strained forward, always making me laugh. To make a long story short, he made my running "trial" enjoyable, full of silly faces and giggles.
Afterwards, he decided to come with me as I went outside
to b e by myself and pray about what I should write in this blog post. As I tried to be still and speak to God, he comes up and pokes me in the side saying, "I was praying. I prayed about poking you!" In the end, I decided to write about how awesome little brothers are.
Everyone needs a little brother. (or two, or three, or more)
Just in case you didn't already know, little brothers never stop making silly faces (see above), trying to tickle you, poke you, scare you, and do everything they can to get your attention and love. If you're being pulled down by the cares of the world, they show you the bright side of life by just being themselves. They are always willing to play on the piano for you (which may sound more like banging on the piano) or take you out on one of their adventures. Ultimately, they make the world brighter, funnier, and so much more fun.
Can you imagine having a quiet house? A house void of any human laugh, cry, or speech? I sure can't. How dreary and lonesome it must be, hearing your own voice echo against the bare walls! If you have little brothers, there is no need to fear a quiet home! Their singing, music making, wrestling, screaming, banging, and thousands of other "little boy" sounds ring throughout every room. Every. single. room. I promise that if you have little brothers, there will be no lack of noise. =)
When I cook, I am NEVER lacking a partner. No way! I always have an olive chopping, dough mixing, egg cracking, ingredient getting, little boy by my side, wearing a slightly too-large apron. Instead of laboring by myself in the kitchen, I have an adorable helper who never stops chattering away while we work together. It makes the task that much more enjoyable. Aaaand we can both lick out the bowl and taste the results together. ♥
Little brothers LOVE hugs (depending on their unique personalities, of course). ;) They need a hug in the morning after they wake up. They need one after they fall off their bike and scrape their knees. They need one while you curl up on the couch and read a book to them. They need one before bedtime. They need one in the middle of the night when they're scared. If that's not enough, they also need some in between! =) Yes, there is NO lack of hugs in this house.
The list could go on and on. There is always someone wanting to play checkers, have a tea party, sit on your lap, tell stories, go on a walk, play in the rain, catch lightning bugs, and paint a picture with you. You'll never be lonely. Little brothers are pretty amazing. =) I hope you think so too.
Psalm 133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Do you have a little brother? What are your favorite things to do with him? Comment below!