Little Brother

On vacation at “Blueberry Lake”

Last week, Owen’s little brother graduated out of the little local school close to our home.  Oskar gave a graduation speech, and Owen listened to it without being the least bit disruptive.

The morning before, I paused in the midst of the frantic activity of school play and graduation preparations to look back – although looking back is usually painful (“Nostalgia is a trap,” my mom once told me).  I could see old photos in my mind – though of course I cannot locate them — for instance a family outing to Great Falls, Owen “woozling” the top of Oskar’s head with his cheek, an arm wrapped around tightly around his cranium, Osk’s face in Owen’s armpit.  That cranium is far beyond armpit level now

When Oskar was born, Owen spoke of him in sentences: “He’s a wittle piñata.”  How things have changed!…

At Owen’s graduation July 2014
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“He’s a wittle pinata!”


Little big brother

5 thoughts on “Little Brother

  1. janemblair June 20, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    “Nostalgia is a trap.” Thanks for this motherly wisdom. I needed to hear that!


  2. Paige Sweeney June 21, 2015 / 3:20 am

    This is a precious reflection Wystan. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Jill Brickman July 6, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    This is really lovely. I love seeing how parents meet their kids’ needs in different ways.


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