Happy Birthday Brother

I was really hoping the muppets would be born today. Today is Uncle Paul and G.G’s birthday. I know the day is a bit crowded, but even Uncle Paul had said it would be fun to share.

Twenty-seven years ago Paul arrived early. Not three months early of course, but a couple of weeks. Mom woke up early, but ignored her symptoms because he wasn’t due yet. (Boy do I know that feeling!) Finally, she realized it would be exceedingly prudent to get her pregnant belly to the hospital ASAP.

Twenty-seven(ish) minutes later, I had been rudely removed from mud-pie preschool and had a new baby brother.

Mom called G.G. “Happy Birthday Mom. You have a new grandson.”

During the first few years, I wasn’t terribly thrilled with his presence. Periods of silence in the house would often be followed by the two of us trying to kill each other. How exciting that Search and Destroy have started fighting early. Search kicked his brother in the head while the two were in utero. Destroy laughs at his brother now when he has to have his nasal cannula replaced.

But then, inexplicably, as we got older Paul got less annoying. We traded baseball cards and played catch on summer evenings. (Sorry about that baseball through the back of the Volvo, Dad.) We entertained each other during long nights before birthday or Christmas. We talked about relationships and argued over whose turn it was to monopolize the phone. We fixed Mom’s computer and rolled our eyes at our parents’ general lack of coolness.

I know that someday the muppets will be rolling their little eyes at Jon and me. But I hope that they will think their brother is cool. And they’re certainly lucky to have such a cool uncle! (Even if I’ve always been a tad jealous that he gets to share such a special relationship with our Grandma.)



Filed under Birthday, Family Stories

5 Responses to Happy Birthday Brother

  1. Becca

    every picture of the boys makes me smile! paul looks the same give or take a few feet 😉 happy day!! xo

  2. Haha! What a pleasant surprise and wonderful birthday gift to be the main character of a Double Trouble post! I must admit I do fondly remember all of those times you mentioned plus many more. I’m extremely lucky to have such an awesome big sis (even if you did threaten to put Raspberry Bear in the pool more than once). Thanks for putting up with me for the past 27 years.

    PS, it was just a couple of months ago that I finally threw away the backpack I have had since Freshman year…the same backpack that, as a senoir at Chaminade, you tried to write “RANDOM” on, but only managed “RAI” before I wriggled away. My RAI backpack lasted me all the way through college and beyond.

  3. Gramma Janet

    is that what the RAI was? i always wondered. I am glad I was out of the loop on most of your arguments.
    may Search and Destroy get a reprieve from most of that nonsense

  4. Winifred Ahern

    Such adorable brothers – look more alike all the time. They are lucky to have such a truly “cool” uncle — may they follow in his footsteps G.G.

  5. Joanne Hamann

    Paul is the man! Hope Mitch, Search and Destroy can all have a backpack that gets them through high school and college – I wish!

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