|Jared's brothers:Jake and Braydon|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Today is our middle son's birthday. Jake has been a huge force in Jared's life. Time after time, we see the siblings of children with special needs as extraordinary. Jake is precisely that. Even though he is a little over 3 years younger than Jared, he resides in the big brother role, not always by his choice, more often than not. It has not always been easy for Jake; at times throughout his young life, he has craved a traditional "big brother", but he has accepted, with grace, that his relationship with Jared is of a different nature. Sad sometimes? Yes. I promised myself I'd be honest in this blog. I think that is respectful to my readers. But, while there has been some sadness for Jake, there has been so much more joy as he has grows up with Jared. He and Jar have been known to laugh for hours over the silliest things. I think he likes that his brother still hugs him, still makes funny faces at him, still wrestles with him. Perhaps the most incredible thing is Jake's natural ability to protect Jared. When they were young, I remember a 3 year old boy helping his big brother down the stairs, holding his hand and assuring him, "It's ok Budder, I got you."