Brotherly Love

Walking home from the bus stop today with one boy on each hand Corbin asked, “Mom, why is Brian so happy?” I looked down at Brian who was giggling and laughing and skipping and tried to find an answer. The first thing I thought to say was, “I think he’s happy you are home from school. I told him we were going to the bus stop to get Corbin and guess what, he said- ‘Corbin’ “. Corbin stopped in his tracks and looked up at me with a surprised look on his face. I looked at Brian and said, “Brian, say ‘Corbin'” and Brian stopped and said “uh-bi”. Corbin’s face lit up and he let go of my hand and went to Brian and wrapped his arms around him and said, “I love you Brian!”

It was absolutely one of the sweetest moments, and believe me we have tons of them. I want to remember Corbin’s face, when he heard Brian try so hard to say his name, forever. Sometimes I don’t know if Corbin really understands Brian, or what Brian has, or why Brian can’t talk or why he behaves the way he does. But today I saw that he truly understands emotionally. He loves his baby brother unconditionally and honestly, right now, it’s bringing tears to my eyes just writing this.

Heather Nelson

About Heather Nelson

Heather resides in Rockland where she is busy juggling life as a newlywed, a mom to two boys (one of which who has autism), a part time job in direct sales, and a full-time job as a pediatric occupational therapy assistant. She has a love for live music, karaoke, and cheering on the underdogs.