Play- Then & Now


This was a favorite past time of the boys. But this was the very first time they did it. I sat back and silently watched so I didn’t interrupt. The journaling on the page reads, “Peek-a-boo! It’s a favorite game of both of yours. This was the first time I caught you two playing it. I heard Brian giggling but I had no idea what was so funny until I saw Corbin’s head pop out of the cupboard to surprise his little brother. You both were laughing so hard at this game you had invented and I was so happy to see you playing together!”

Brian was 7 months in this picture and Corbin had just turned two. Brian was just getting to the age where he could get around pretty fast, had his own personality, and was becoming the perfect play partner for Corbin. When I made this scrapbook page I remember being so excited they were playing together and thinking of all the possibilities they would have together in their future. What best friends they would be, their private jokes, their pretend worlds they would make together. Little did I know that years down the road, no matter how much Corbin persuaded his little brother, there wasn’t going to be much of this give-and-take play they had at such a young age.

Right now I’m listening to the boys in the fort we built a little while ago- Corbin saying, “C’mon Brian- just play!” and Brian whining, playing with his cars back & forth in the entrance of the fort.

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.