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Here’s the thing no one told me about brothers. They fight. And they wrestle. They sneak punches. They take jabs.

Like in this picture. They may be hugging. They also may be attempting to squeeze the life out of each other. I won’t know until someone screams.

They team up against me a lot. Like velociraptors. One distracts me while the other two sneak into the pantry to steal Cheetos.

They protect me too though. If one of them hates me for a second or gets really mad over something ridiculous, one of them is always there to protect mom.

They have to be separated a lot. But they constantly ask where the other ones are.

They all need to be home at night to sleep well. It’s their thing I guess.

They drive each other absolutely bonkers. And they love each other. Then hate each other. Then love some more. Like an old worn out baseball glove. Or a kitten who scratches you and asks for a pet after. It’s love. Deep down.

It’s exhausting really. But also really sweet.

Also I’m not sure which one is the loudest. Probably that little one on the side.

The one who thinks his older brothers hung the moon.

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Kate Swenson

Kate Swenson lives in Minnesota with her husband Jamie, and four children, Cooper, Sawyer, Harbor and Wynnie. Kate launched Finding Cooper's Voice from her couch while her now 11-year-old son Cooper was being diagnosed with autism. Back then it was a place to write. Today it is a living, thriving community of people who want to not only advocate for autism, but also make the world a better place for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her first book, Forever Boy, will be released, April 5, 2022.

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