My little brother was born to eight and five year old sisters that saw him as a wonderful new toy. We spoiled him rotten, until he got mobile. Then it was every man for himself while we tried to protect our toys and belongings from the newly mobile ball of energy.
I have only two things to say about this picture. 1) Your eyes are very fortunate he is semi-clothed. For the first three years of his life he had a clothing optional policy. 2) Those boots? Those orthopedic steeled-toed boots and a two year old that was an expert at delivering swift kicks in the shins. Let's just say I can recall seeing stars many a time.
Yeah he was a pretty rough and tumble kid. Always had a scrape, bruise or goose egg going on. I'll direct your attention to the requisite mullets on my sister and me.
The boots, again with the boots. The worst part was that at night he swapped the boots out for a pair of boots strapped to a steel bar that helped straighten his gait. Poor kid.
That lovely awkward stage of 9-11 years old.
My parents signed B. up for soccer at the tender age of 3 years old. It was funny as heck to watch a bunch of 3 year olds running in opposite directions on a field. However they quickly realized that he wasn't interested in soccer and switched him to the ultimate Dominican sport - baseball. He loved it and it truly reigned in all that little boy energy of his.
Once in high school and college he moved onto wrestling and football. Did you know football was big in the south? I wouldn't know, sports don't exist in my world. He does have a heart for coaching kids and from what I hear is pretty good at it.
All I know is that when he shows up my kids shriek in glee at the possibilities of having their Uncle B. as a playmate.
Now this is my future sister in law R. Her birthday was last week and she was spared being featured on the good 'ol blog only because I have no embarrassing photos from her childhood in my possession. Plus I figure she gets to put up with my brother so I'll cut her a little slack.
Happy Birthday to both of you, may God bless you with many more!