I must say we've been busy this summer doing all sorts of things, going all sorts of places, and yet there is one recent morning that stands out. We were getting ready to hit the playground early before it got too hot or crowded when Cash, you came out of your room to show me you had on your red rain boots and had dressed Grey in your favorite hat and sunglasses. I couldn't help but laugh because many times in the past I had tried (unsuccessfully!) to get Grey to wear them - but since he loves YOU so much, he was happy to put on whatever you picked out. I was dying too because you guys looked like the Blues Brothers. You're too young to know who they are, so just google it and you'll see.
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Most of the time you spent going down the big slide over and over again. Grey, you were so happy to chase behind and up the steps to the top and Cash, you were so sweet with him, giving an extra boost of encouragement, a gentle push or a playful idea: "Put your hands up Grey! Close your eyes this time!" Sometimes he'd just sit in between your legs while you slid down with your arms wrapped tightly around him.
We left with one of you riding piggy back to the nearest Duane Reade for band-aids - yes, those rain boots made for some gnarly blisters. Heading home, well Grey, that's when you managed to throw yourself into a state. It started from something small - I think some lady had bumped you accidentally when she walked past - and within moments you were inconsolable. But it was nothing Cash and I aren't used to. Actually it was fun for us to watch all the people walk by and try to get you to stop crying. We'd just look at each other like, "Yeah okay, nice try but we know how this goes." We patiently let you wail, wait for the next bus to go by and then shout, "Grey, Look! There's a bus!!" Bingo.
The other day I ran into the girl who works at the liquor store who saw this all go down. And you know what she said to me? She said we did everything right, and most of all, what a great big brother.
You Davis Brothers who look like the Blues Brothers, who play hard and love hard and cry hard, are growing up before my eyes.
Cash, this past year especially, I have watched you become such a helper with Grey. Whether or not he is willing to receive the help, that's another story. But one day he will discover with great certainty that you always have his back. Even nowadays when he's having a tantrum on the street you'll say to me, "I'm not leaving my brother."
Daddy tells you guys to "look out for each other no matter what." His mother said that to him and his brothers all the time when they were growing up and you know what, they did. They held each other up in the best and worst of times. And I have no doubt you will too.
Always & forever,
Mom, Mama, Ma-mee
This week I just wanted to take a photo of the boys, in their matching denim and gold sneakers, from what I consider to be an interesting perspective. Perhaps one day the boys will smile as they look back at this snapshot from their childhood.
"KNOW YOURSELF. ONLY THEN CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE POWER YOU HAVE TO BRING CHANGE, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU." - OPTIMUS PRIME, LEADER OF THE AUTOBOTS
HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL YOU SENTIENTS!
Happy Father's Day to my husband, my best friend...the one who makes our two young boys laugh with abandon.
And to all the involved, loving and patient fathers out there - you are helping make this world a better place.
We celebrate you today!
***I am so thankful to be a part of this blog circle "Letters to our Sons" with so many amazing photographers and moms. In honor of our love for our little boys, we are posting a monthly image(s) along with a corresponding, heartfelt letter. After reading my post please click HERE to continue around the circle, starting with the very talented Jamie Rubeis.
My sweet boys,
When I found out I was pregnant for the second time, I desperately wanted to have another boy. It was all I could think about, praying that we would have two boys who would grow up as brothers close enough in age to hopefully be best friends as well. I'll never forget the appointment when my doctor told me the good news. I was so overwhelmed with joy that I was brought to tears, scrambling for my cellphone so I could call Daddy. He actually thought something dreadful had happened and it took him a minute to realize I was hysterically happy.
Grey is a boy!! Grey is a boy!!
At any rate, I tell you all of this to let you know how much I wanted you for each other. And most recently, watching your relationship develop, as new and young as it is, has been nothing short of awesome. Even though you are only five months old Grey, and cannot sit up without help, your big brother Cash still wants to "play" with you. Usually this means placing you in the Bumbo seat so you can be a captive audience to your older sibling and first friend. What can possibly thrill a three year old more than undivided attention from someone who can't talk back? Ha! But Cash, in all seriousness, it's such a blast watching you play guitar and sing for Grey, moving his arms so he is "dancing" with you, reading books to him ("Did you like that story Grey Grey?"), cooking dinner for him, and overall just having him in your company.
Every time Grey wakes up from one of his many naps, you go running and jumping down the hallway singing, "Grey is up! Grey is up! I want to play with Grey Grey!" I've since started taking photos of you two together and these are a few of my recent favorites. It was just yesterday that you wanted Grey to sit inside your "tent house" so you could play your guitar and sing to him. Hilarious. But of course I still have to keep a watchful eye on you Cash as you sometimes slip in a sneaky pinch or a quick little jab to Grey's ribs. I mean what big brother hasn't done that to his baby brother now and again?
To see you begin connecting is incredible, especially how each of you light up at the sight of the other. Knowing that this is just the start of your brotherhood is an amazing feeling. I know that it is ALL so worth it.
Love always + forever,
"There's no other love like the love for a brother. There's no other love like the love from a brother." ~ Terri Guillemets