My second son has been having some big feelings lately.
He is 10 years old and sandwiched in between three very big personalities.
I think sometimes it can be lonely to be the one in the middle.
His dad and I are working very hard to make sure he knows how magnificent and treasured he is.
Last night a movie on the couch with popcorn and snuggles. This morning a doughnut date, just the two of us.
And lots of conversation. Which is the best part in my opinion. I love hearing his thoughts and answering his questions.
This morning we talked about hockey and school and how chocolate long johns are the best.
He asked why Grandpa is sick and what to do when someone says something mean to him on the bus.
He asked about baby sister and if he can someday have a bedroom in the basement.
And then…out of the blue…
‘Mama, Cooper feels safe to me. I leave a lot more than him…for hockey and to hang with my friends. But I know he will be here waiting for me. He’s like my…home. Does that make sense?’
‘Yes Sawyer, it does. Cooper is home to me too.’
‘During the day I protect him. I’m like the big brother…sorta. I know I’ll never be older than him. Not really. But I think I sorta am the older brother. But I know he will always be waiting for me. He is home.’
When I think about gifts, truly beautiful gifts, I think about the boy in the middle. In every family photo, he’s always the center. I can’t wait to see who he becomes.
Cooper may be home. But Sawyer is the center.
There’s just something magical there.
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