I’ve lived near The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. I’ve read about the greek word for brotherly love φιλία. But I had four sisters, I did not experience ‘brotherly love’ until my sons began lavishing it upon one another. Let me just tell you ‘brotherly love’ is NOT as quaint as it sounds. It usually involves pestering, complaining, fighting, and eventually blood.
Until, Sophia entered the picture. The boys still argue and tussle. Nobody better lay a finger on their sister or you will experience ‘brotherly love’ firsthand.
Sophia recently had a doctors visit. The doctor examined Sophia. The doctor checked her breathing. Then she removed Sophia’s pacifier to check her nose and throat. Sophia politely expressed her displeasure whimpering a bit. In a flash all three boys sprang into action and began to defend their sister. Alexander, Thomas, and Jonathan each had their hands on the doctor prepared to eliminate Sophia’s discomfort. They each expressed their ‘brotherly love’ for their sister.
I’m glad these boys love their sister.
Thomas, our second son, is always teaching me new things about being a mother. He is unique and I love it. I have been writing down little “lessons” learned from him over time. He has taught me a lot. I thought i’d share a little, I’m sure this list will continue to grow, as long as he keeps being my Thomas.
- The color orange goes with everything!
- Bottles of shampoo and soap are single use, no matter the size.
- Always check to make sure Thomas is wearing underwear.
- Don’t forget how young he is because of how independent he is.
- When Thomas is missing, check the car trunk.
- The dirtier the better. This applies to toys, rooms, bodies, etc.
- Silence is dangerous.
- Hide the scissors. The temptation is too great, he will cut his hair.
- Always check the chair before sitting down. It may be sticky, wet or taken apart.
- The answer to “Why are you picking your nose?” is “Because I’m Thomas.”
- Have a plan. Thomas has a plan for his career, sweet girl that he’ll marry, home he will live in, and vehicle(s) he will drive.
10. Noogies are ALWAYS in season.
9. A Mohawk is a acceptable hairstyle.
8. Jonathan’s unique version of “getting comfortable.”
7. Cars and Trucks are the preferred plaything.
6. Super Heroes are cool.
5. Anytime can be game-time.
4. A prayer from a three-year-old just might change your perspective.
3. Going to the Zoo.
2. Video Games.
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON
I Love Being a Dad to Three Boys
The boys and I enjoyed meeting up with our FBBC family for a Terrific Tuesday at the zoo.