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Friday, August 12, 2011

Being the younger sibling!

You have gathered by now, Jack is the younger sibling.


 Happy Jack is what we call him.  He really is a happy go lucky, easy going kid!

One day I decided to be a behind the scenes Mom.  
You see, this is my neighbors house across the street.
They are empty nesters now.


They love when the kids go play basketball in their driveway, and believe me,  the kids in the hood do it often. 
 This is about the only flat driveway around here to play on. 
Jack truly adores his big Bro.

Although, Alex does not always hold the same admiration for him, I know he does love him.
They are pretty close, but have many moments of bickering. I see the older they get, the bickering is subsiding.

My boys are 3 years 9 months apart.
Same exact as my sister and I, which is pretty ironic how that worked.
My sister was a real nuisance to me growing up, of course she was! She was supposed to be.
 (LOVE YA SISSIE, don't write anything bad LOL)
Always in my stuff, wearing my clothes, being noisy, tattle tattling, etc., etc.,
She will say I was mean, but in reality, I was just being a typical big sister, and she was being a typical little sister.

 We always had love for each other though, and no one could mess with my sister, they had to get through me first. (She is so cute, and funny too!)

But it is moments like this, that I realize sometimes being the little one, hurts too...
let the pictures tell the story...

He sits patiently, hoping for just one participation.....


He listened to the laughter, and all the fun...


He thought there would be a point, in which they said, Hey Jack come jump in...


It never did happen..

Are you the little Sister? or Big sis?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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39 Comments:

Blogger Gina said...

Awww, poor Jack! It is hard being the younger sibling sometimes. I was "the baby" but my sisters & brother were alot older than me.
(12 yrs, 10 yrs & 6 yrs older) Because of our age differences, I think I got spoiled by them more than anything.

August 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

Aww:( Boys just don't think like mothers do.

August 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger ☆☆Mumsy said...

I saw this often with my children too, although they are very far apart, 5 and 10 years.

I'm both, a big and little sister. I feel both sides of this spectrum.

Your photos are marvelous, Debbie!

August 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I was an oldest and I was very mean to my three younger siblings...I just hope that I can help my girls avoid some of the pitfalls of being unnecessarily meant to each other like I was to my siblings.

I am blessed - my siblings still love me and we are very close but I've seen so many families where there is huge resentment and the relationships cease to exist once the parents are no longer around to bring siblings together.

It is tough - he looks so sad and so patient.

August 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

That is so true Melissa, he was sad and very patient for the moment, that never did happen. I know in my heart they will be best friends, they really do love each other.

August 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Awwwww Debbie....how I know how this feels! I have two boys too....I was the middle child and you know what they say about us middle children!! I am and have ALWAYS been the mediator, the peacemaker....but middle kids, they say, are kinda whacky! lol That may be true!

Hope Jack gets in the next game :)

Lou Cinda

August 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, my poor cutie pie. Let him play, too guys. I am the oldest and my brother and I are three and a half years apart and boy did we fight. No fighting with my sister. We are nine years apart. Going to her house now.

August 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Poor guy... I am an only child so I never had to deal with that, but boy how I wanted to!!!!!

August 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger linda said...

poor Jackie now i say poor Jackie too he looked so sad mabey next game .When they grow up though you know nothing will come between them .Forever and always brothersWait till ang sees this pic of her in Beatrices outfit lol:)

August 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Ah. Makes me want to go over there and make the other kids let him in the game! Guess that's not how life works though. I think your older son is probably at that point in life when it's not cool to hang with the younger brother. In a few years it will probably be the other way around.

August 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

LOL...I know Mom!~ Ang actually liked the picture, and I told her it may wind up on my blog someday.

August 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I was the older sister of two little brothers...no drama, they did their thing (fight) and I did mine...but I never had a sister until my sister n law came around and now we are truly sisters, her girls are my nieces and no one loves my kids as much as her..so I think I know what it's like to have a sister but without the growing up fighting part...

August 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

Aww, poor Jack. I feel his pain. I was the baby sister. My 2 brothers had each other.

August 12, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Poor Jack!! I was, and am, the ONLY sister! I have two older brothers, and one younger brother. And my mother's brother, who is only a couple of years older than my oldest brother, grew up with us too. So, count em...that's 4 boys, and 1 girl! I LOVED it!!!! Especially come dating time! I married my older two brothers best friend, by the way!! See, fringe benefits!

August 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Poor little Jack!!! *sadface*

I am an only child, and it breaks my heart sometimes how my youngest wants attention...any tiny little morsel will do...from the big sister. My girls are 4 years, nine months apart. The little one is having some anxiety about the older one's going off to college, and she keeps watching Sorority Wars over and over again on Netflix. I keep trying to reassure her that sorority rush is not quite like that @ Alabama, but she is worried for her sister.

Sweet post, Debbie!

August 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Aww...I see the same look on my youngest face when all her sisters have friends over. It has to be tough at times watching-on, but not participating. ((Hugs))

August 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Oh~That just breaks my heart- I saw that with my youngest daughter and her older sister and her friends. It made me feel like crying then and it makes me feel like crying now to see that happen to Jack. I know stuff like that is supposed to be good for you and toughen you up but, as one who was an "outsider" at a small school, I sympathize with him and feel his pain~ Give him a big ole' Nana hug for me, will ya? xo Diana

August 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

This made me want to cry!! I'm the little sister and even though Heather and I had a few moments of bickering I think I had the best big sister anyone could ever ask for. And, of course, I didn't fully appreciate it until I became an adult! I watched my own youngest follow her big brother and his friend around the other day and saw the beginnings of this so I'm bracing myself for what is to come. Such a tough age/time but they will come out best friends in the end for sure! :-)
Vanessa

August 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

The look on Jack's face breaks my heart...he so wants to be part of the group. I am a middle child and found it difficult to fit in with the older ones and not very interesting to fit in with the younger ones! I guess I found my own way and Jack will, too!

XO,
Jane

August 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Terrie said...

Kids are sometimes like that. Jack's so patient. I'm the elder sister. When we're young I didn't care about my sister but now we love each other. You and your sister are so bond. Can see your picture in Niagar Fall with Mum.

August 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Designs By Pinky said...

Oh, poor Jack!!!! That is such a sad picture!!!!!!!!! I am the oldest, I have one younger sister, 2 1/2 years younger. We fought a LITLLE as children but are close as adults, even though she now lives 1000 miles away in Fl.:(:( I am going to call her right now!!!! Thanks, Deb. XO, Pinky

August 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger laurie said...

that brought tears to my eyes,, poor jack,, I think you should have another baby Debbie that will solve his problem (lol),, kidding!!!!

August 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

Poor Jack! Breaks my heart to see his sad face. He feels as though he's just as "big" as the others. It's difficult, at best.

I was the oldest by 5-1/2 yrs. My brother and I really didn't have anything in common until he was in college. I had to babysit him from the age of 14, he was 9, and that wrecked my teen years & activities. Oh well, we made it through and I adore him! :-)

xo
Pat

August 12, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

Aww, poor Jack! I am an only child but viewed the hierarchy and relationships of siblings through the lives of my cousins and friends. My youngest was lucky in that 90% of the time his older brother involved him in everything. They are four years apart, but my youngest never seemed to realize that and played with the big boys. They treated him as if he was their age. When my oldest reached his teens and eventually started dating, their relationship waivered a bit but then it came back around. It is hard when one hits the teen years because the younger one sort of gets left behind for a bit. Mine are now 24 and 20 and the boys are the best of friends and spend a lot of time together. I know it is hard due to protective maternal instincts, but don’t feel too bad for Jack, he will be fine and will develop his own group of friends. The friendship between Alex and Jack will gain strength within the next couple of years and they will become best friends.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Hugs,
Tracy

August 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Poor Jack! It's no fun being on the outside. It does build strength and character though. I am sure he will be fine. Harder for you as Mom, I'm sure. My boys are 3yrs apart too and rarely hang out together even now but as a family they are still very close. Sweet post!

August 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger ~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I was the only Chilid and never had to deal with that. But I always wanter a sister or a big Brother in my life !!! I hope you have a great weekend with your family Debbie.
XXOO Diane

August 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Michele Smith said...

Poor Jack, he looks so sad in that last picture. I hope they let him play today!
I'm stuck in the middle. Often ignored. Had a baby sister who I swear was satan...sad thing is she still acts the same as when she was younger.
Hope yall have a good weekend!

August 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Michele Smith said...

oops forgot to add that my babies are 8 years apart. Reagan LOVES her big brother. Its so cute watching them play. Sometimes Jonathan gets upset cause he wants to play with her and shes busy. Anytime Jon comes out of his room, Reagan runs upstairs like a mad person to get in there with her big brother LOL
She thinks he hung the moon!
Can't wait to see how they are when Reagan gets a little older.

August 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger SavannahGranny said...

I swear, I hadn't read this when I emailed you this morning. Jack seems so much like my Hollie at that stage of life.
They will come around. My girls are best friends now. Just like you and your sis.
Hugs, Ginger

August 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Jack come on over and be on my team!!! and don't bring your stupid big bro LOL I have an older and younger brother, the dynamics are so different, my brother would get mad because I dated his friends! Wish I had a sister

Carol

August 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I am the baby of the family. My sister is 3ys and 9mons older then me too. She was always leaving me behind. So I know how Jack feels! He's a cutie. It won't be long until the girls will be knocking at the door for him!

August 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I'm the little sister to two, and the big sister to one. Cute shots.

August 12, 2011 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Ann from On Sutton Place said...

My kids are 25 and 28 now and are very close. They weren't always though...it wasn't until my daughter (the oldest) finally realized that her little brother was a great guy that they became good friends. Your boys will figure it out...it just takes time and a little growing up!

August 12, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You captured that dynamic so well, Debbie. I was one of five.....someone was often left out.

August 13, 2011 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger ♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Bless his heart.. His day will come and this day will be forgotten.
Brothers Forver~!

August 13, 2011 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Poor guy! I know how he feels, I was the youngest of four, it seemed all I did was wait around in the wings waiting and waiting! Don't worry though they will be the best of friends in a few years!

August 13, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Poor guy! That's rough, because I'm sure he idolizes big bro & big bro's friends.

I was a middle child. Two older sisters, one little brother. But I was such a tomboy, that I was the older sibling to my little brother, not the younger sibling to my sisters, if that makes any sense. As much as we toussled, we're great friends now and in fact the hubs is little bro's best friend since the 3rd grade. Friendship didn't really happen til the teen years so Jack may have just another year or 2 of waiting.

August 13, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Poor Jack:( Victoria gets left out too when her big brother and big sis have their friends over. What I try to do now is make sure they all have a friend come over but that don't always work out. Now as for the fighting Mackenzie and Will are CONSTANTLY arguing. They are only 20 months apart and Mackenzie being the oldest thinks she's the boss and my son wants no part of it! I know they love each other and this will pass but it drives me crazy!! Martina

August 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Tanya Anurag said...

Jack sure has a lot of people on his side after that picture!

I could relate to the part of the post where you have written about the relationship between you and your sister. My sister is 3 years younger to me and everything you wrote appears to be our story. It's her b'day and I shouldn't be mean to her, atleast today ;)

I am sure your sons share a strong bond, which will never die out!

August 15, 2011 at 11:32 PM  

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