Little Brother Finds His Voice
It's hard being the youngest of three and being the only boy. My poor grandson has had to put up with being bossed around incessantly. When he was younger the girls played house and he of course always played the baby. For a while he didn't mind as he got all the attention and when they put him in the high chair he got treats to eat, even if it was only Cheerios or fruit.
It was as he got older that things changed. One day the three of them came into my living room holding hands and dressed in one piece girls bathing suits. The eldest, eight at the time, asked, "do you like our baby sister?" I didn't stop for a moment to think, which I admit I do much of, and blurted out. "No! I want my grandson back." Well the poor little guys face fell. I had ruined their, 'day at the beach game' but I also saw something else in his face that day.
It was somewhere near my grandson's fourth year that he decided he would be no one's puppet. I may have inadvertently played a small part. The girls would ask him to do things and he would say, "No, I don't want to." Then the weather changed and they spent so much more time outdoors. When outside you didn't hear his refrain. He wanted to do everything. The girls climbed high up in trees. So did he. They spun in circles in the tire swing. So did he. They chased the chickens. So did he, until the Rooster chased back.
Well he just celebrated his half birthday. He's now four and a half. Everyone at the farm gets a birthday cake but no presents on their half birthday. The exception to this is grandpa, who gets pie, not being a cake kinda guy. Well, I tell you, the three have grown into a beautiful unit. They play well together, a little sibling stuff, but that's normal; however, when disaster strikes and knees get skinned or a lip gets split, big sisters come to the rescue. Doctor/nurse/mother mode is put into action. The wound is cleaned and bandaged. The lip is soothed with a popsicle - and one for each of the helpers as well.
I guess being the youngest has it advantages as well as its disadvantages. Right now the girls leave their dolls behind more often than not to play dinosaurs or look for fossils with my grandson. I'm not sure what will come next but what I am sure of, is that there is another half birthday coming up and I love cake almost as much as the kids do.