Just Write {20}

January 30, 2012

I stood up in the balcony and watched my boys below, in the gym with all the other kids. I held Elsie on my hip and she watched with me. Miles was way off to the side, away from the other kids and I couldn’t see Asher. My heart dropped to my toes because Miles is always nervous in new places and around other people. He bites his nails like it’s his job and he stands alone while everyone else does what Simon Says.

Then Asher came out of nowhere and Miles’ hands dropped to his sides and they moved closer to the other kids, together. They laughed and bounced and started running around when the game ended, Asher yelling, I’m chasing my bra-wer!! (brother)

My heart lifted back up.

The man who was trying to keep control asked the kids to sit in a circle. They were loud and everywhere. Miles sat down, resting on his legs, knees to the floor, making a shelf. So his brother got in his bench-lap. He pulled him close and held him there.

This lasted maybe thirty seconds and then he threw him off and they rollled around because they’re braw-ers.

I looked at Elsie and she was still watching and she was smiling.


This is the 20th installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details here.}  I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the url of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page. There are really no rules, besides Just Write! (Then link back to this post in your post so people know where to go if they’d like to join in.) (Any links not following those two guidelines will be deleted.) 

Also. Please take a moment to visit someone else who has linked up! It’s a really good way to meet new writers and get inspired by the meaning behind their moments. Word?



Galit Breen January 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Oh my heart, brawlers, indeed. This kind of together and smile- is what its all about, isn’t it? Lovely, you.
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Galit Breen January 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Hee! braw-ers {I know that you know what I meant.}
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Heather January 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm

well, you KNOW brawlers works too :)

Runnermom-jen January 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I have been reading your posts for many weeks now, and your writing is so beautiful and truthful and lovely. Sometimes your honesty brings tears to my eyes. This post made me smile :)
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Adventures In Babywearing January 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Oh, that is the best.

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Shanda Oakley January 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

How sweet. The man throws off the brawlers and the baby girl thinks it funny! Oh, to have little ones again!

Kim January 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I love those moments. I wish that Seth had a brawer closer in age, but he has Libby…she is just like a brother to him. Love this so much.
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Courtney Kirkland January 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm

What a beautiful moment between your boys. Kids can really be sweet when they want to be. :)
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debi9kids January 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

perfect childhood moments… :)
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Jo@Mylestones January 31, 2012 at 12:01 am

This is the most precious thing. Oh it is.

Bridget January 31, 2012 at 12:08 am

I love watching my kids together, too.
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Bea, OT January 31, 2012 at 12:12 am

I love this idea! I had to join. Thanks for doing this! It was quite therapeutic.
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Bea, OT January 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

Oops! I thought this didn’t go through! You can delete this one!
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Bea, OT January 31, 2012 at 12:16 am

I love this idea! I had to join. Thanks for doing this! It was quite therapeutic.

I liked your entry! It really felt like I was watching your family.
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Jade @ Tasting Grace January 31, 2012 at 4:49 am

what a lovely sibling moment! encapsulates a lot….
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Jenn January 31, 2012 at 5:11 am

Wonderful moment!!!
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tracy@sellabitmum January 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

I could observe my kids all.day.long..sometimes I hate interrupting anything they are doing.
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Amanda January 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

So sweet, mommy. I love those brawers.
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karla porter archer January 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I adore watching my children when they don’t know I am. The tender moments I’ve caught, in between the craziness, of having a sibling are so worth it.

Heather Novak January 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I read about his when you began but this week is my first attempt. How precious it was. How embarrassing that the concept of free writing is…novel. Thank You Heather for the inspiration and example.


Ashley January 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

We’ve got a bra-wer free family, but this post hit me smack dab in my mama heart. I love how beautifully you encapsulate the sibling relationship of tenderness, drawing each other out and sticking it to one another — in all the best kind of ways. Thank you for this bird’s eye and yet very intimate view of family. It did my heart good.
By the way, I loved doing Just Write last week for my first time and plan to be back soon. Thank you for that inspiration.
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CM @ A Little Lilac January 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm

That is adorable. You wrote this so well, I can just picture it. I have two boys and the littler one calls his big brother his “brah-der.” Boys are so precious!
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nicole February 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love brothers. And sisters. Thank God for those moments to overshadow the hard ones.
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