more about family
My brother Flip is one of the smartest people I know. Along with my father, he’s also the most solid, moral, and kind.
When Flip and I were 6 and 8 yrs old respectively, my mom came to us and said “I’m going out for a while; when I come back I should have a surprise for you.”
We waited excitedly for what we assumed would be a candy bar or a small toy.
Turned out her errand was to visit the OB/GYN; when she returned she said “The surprise is that you’re going to have a new baby sister or brother!”
I was fairly excited about this news; Flip, on the other hand, had been hoping for a Snickers bar, not a fetus. He was so disappointed and upset that he began to cry and ran to his bedroom. We have never let him forget this.
And the best part about this story is that it shows me in the position of more mature and less selfish brother; heaven knows I need a few stories like that…