Thursday, March 08, 2007

Dinner and a Story

Those of you who don't know me personally may need a little background here. I live in Ohio, but I grew up in Wisconsin, where my parents and sister still live. My younger brother is currently a junior at the University of Dayton (my alma mater) and lives about fifteen minutes from us. He's a very involved and busy college student so we don't see him as often as you might imagine. Still, it is really nice to have him so nearby and get to see him at all!

Last night he came over for a home-cooked meal and some bonding with his niece. The meal did not come without a price, as he ended up dragging laundry up from the basement, wiping muddy dog paws, feeding the muddy dog, and entertaining the child so I could fold laundry and clean up the mess from dinner. He was very gracious about the fact that I kept assigning him tasks by saying things like, "Harper, why don't you see if Uncle Jamie wants to go get the clothes out of the dryer!"

He even had Harper clean up the mess in her "kitchen" by getting her on board with the idea that they could surprise me by cleaning up. I am pretty sure I used this tactic to get Jamie to clean up his toys on many occasions when he was younger. (Jamie, by the way, is nearly nine years younger than I am so I spent many joyful hours serving as his babysitter.)

As I was sitting on the couch, folding a basket of laundry, I was treated to the image of watching my little brother read a book to his niece, who was clearly thrilled to have his attention.

Harper calls him "Unca Jabee," pronouncing his name as though she has a cold. I'm sure she'll grow out of it someday and it's a good thing we'll have this blog to remind us all that there was a time she couldn't say "Jamie;" a time when happiness was sitting on the ottoman, wearing one-piece pajamas, being read to by her kind and patient uncle, and feeling loved.


Laura said...


All of your blog stories are priceless! You really have a way with words... that's what blogs are for!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is that I am crying and jealous here in Wisconsin!!


Kate said...

OMG!! They are So cute together!! I'm sure my youngest sis wouldn't appreciate this-- but whenever they're together I feel like I get to see both my babies! Baby sibs are the best.

Mommy Daisy said...

How neat that you get to see your brother once in a while. Uncles are great for the kiddos too. I always put my sister to work like that when she comes over too. Good thing she loves me and doesn't mind. Great pictures!

Swistle said...

They are SO CUTE.

Emily said...

Hey, how bout that! I ALSO have a 9 years younger sister who's a junior in college and lives close by for the time being and enjoys taking the opportunity to bond with her neice. Maybe you should bring Unca Jabee with you when you come visit. ;) just teasing