I walked into the backyard and saw Colton just sitting like this.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Yea,” he replied. “I’m just sitting out here—“
“—because I didn’t want Brayden to feel alone.” He was just sitting out there watching Brayden play.
My heart melted. I love what a good big brother Colton is to Brayden.
As an “older” sibling, I know the frustrations you can feel at times, but also the sense of protectiveness you have for the feelings and welfare of your younger family members. Colton has to endure being pulled on in the car, rebuilding his broken precious Lego designs , having his drawings scribbled on, and doing lots of “favors” for mommy. But not once has Colton caused any harm, pain, or sadness for Brayden. He talks sweetly and patiently to him through it all, and when he’s reached his limit, he turns to me in tears rather then upset his baby brother. How lucky Brayden is to have a big brother like Colton. And, not to discount Rylan—he is great with Brayden also.