The day isn’t even done, not even near being over, and yet I am thankful.
The girls have spent the past few days playing together. It isn’t always perfect and peaceful. Someone usually gets their feelings hurt, and the pretend plots need to be de-dramatized sometimes. Sometimes the players need to be reminded that it is just pretend, that we can each have ideas, and take turns playing out our ideas.
As Ashley was crying because Lynn was bored with the Polly Pockets, and wanted to play something else, I told them of what it was like for me growing up…
I had no sisters. The only people I could play dolls with continually were my friends in the neighborhood. I didn’t always want to play dolls. I didn’t always want to play with my friends either. I was a homebody (still am!) and would much rather play with my brothers, in my own home 95% of the time.
We would spend our time playing G.I. Joes, Star Wars, Micro-Machines, Hot Wheels, Legos, Constructs, or building forts. Bottom line, we had a blast together. I loved playing with my brothers. They were always there, and we always had a fun time. There were times that I wanted to play Barbies, they knew it. I remember them building giant “men” using their Constructs, so my Barbie could have some guy friends (besides the Ken doll who had hair issues). There was one time that Ken, my oldest brother, not the doll, spent a while making a man out of a wire hanger, toilet paper, and duct tape. We played late into the night with my Barbie and his “man”. They were so good to me!
They still are..
My brothers are always there when we need help. Their hands were many of the helping hands when we moved. They have helped in home-improvement projects, have shoveled my driveway when we were on vacations, and even when I was pregnant or had a newborn. They have been there for me during the hard times. They have been a shoulder to cry on. When others treat me unfairly, they are on my side. They always support me. They were on the couch, right next to my dad, “cleaning” guns when a new date came to pick me up. They are what family a means to me. We love each other unconditionally. We have all made bad choices, but we have always been there to support and love one another through them. They didn’t say a word to me about my “almost marriage”, they just wanted me to be happy. They were planning on supporting me through it, if that was the choice I made. I later found out that not one of them really liked him. “He was alright.. but not good enough for you.”
We always joke about how protective they are. Joe is referred to as “Sonny” from the “Godfather”. (That leaves either Ken or Kev to be the “Fredo” and I am not going to do that…) He can be a little hot-headed.. but so can Ken. He once chased down a punk kid because he knocked over my snowman. I was 17 at the time. Ken was 22. And then there were the snowboarding trips that Kev and I took. He always tried to blame me for getting him into near squabbles, but he just got upset to hear other guys on the mountain call me not very nice names when I would ask them to move away from in front of the jumps we wanted to take. Can you see the hot-headedness? Geez, but I love ‘em!
I recently got a massive bruise on my forearm after a co-ed volleyball tournament. It was pretty bad. I wore long sleeves for the first few days, didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. Then I started to laugh to myself. If anyone knew my family, they would know if Merrill had laid his hands on me..
Have you seen that scene in “The Godfather”? Sonny goes off on Connie’s husband for hurting her.
Um, that is kinda how my family is.
When I told Merrill that thought, he laughed at me and said, “You think really highly of yourself.. you think your family loves YOU more than they love ME?”
Because that is how they are.
My brothers might not have all things in common with my sweet (but very confused) husband, but they love him anyway.
I feel a little sad for my girls, that they don’t have brothers like I do. I am thankful that they have each other though. This time of childhood, the innocence and the play, is so fleeting.
Someday, they will be reminiscing about all of their fun times playing and pretending together.. I wonder if they are remembering this, as they play Polly Pockets with the Christmas village and Nativity… amoxicillin snow anyone?
I might just have to buy some G.I. Joes and Legos for Christmas, just so they can have the experience.
I am thankful for the brothers I have been blessed with, and the sisters I now enjoy in my life because they have married them.
I love you Ken, Joe-Bo, and Kev!