Can you imagine being 5-years-old and being told that one day you’re going to take care of your older brother…and understanding what that means?
Looking back, maybe we shouldn’t have started telling Margaret (now 10-years-old) that, but we were just trying to be honest and to keep encouraging her to love her brother William (12-years-old).
Recently in an interview with WORLD Magazine the reporter asked Margaret (we call her “Bubba”) for her thoughts and perspective.
“I mean, it’s not the easiest thing to understand and know what it really means when they say, ‘you’re going to take care of him (William),'” said Margaret. “I guess I’ve never known any other way – and I’m okay with that.”
While only ten, she sure is mature beyond her years – and she’ll have to be forever.
Hopefully William and Margaret will continue to grow in their relationship and love for one another. Sure they fight – she seems to get frustrated because he has a “different set of rules” from time-to-time…but she doesn’t realize how fortunate she really is in her situation — she gets A LOT of perks in her life.
She loves ballet. She loves acting. She loves her iPod Touch. She loves talking to cousins on said iPhone. She loves watching movies. William isn’t into any of those things.
Who knows what the future holds. Melanie and I certainly want Margaret to experience the world and freedom that comes from leaving the home when the time is right. The last thing we want is for her to feel a burden or obligation to be close to home while we are still around and able to manage William’s situation.
But one day the younger sister will become caretaker…that makes me sad but grateful that God has created Margaret with such a soft heart for her brother.
To be continued…
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