Friday, August 6, 2010

Dear Stella

A week or two ago, my cousin Emily emailed me and said that her young daughter Stella was very curious about Sam, and about how his two older sisters liked him. Below is my reply to Stella.

Dear Stella-

I apologize for the delay in writing back to you, but I wanted to do justice to the reply, since you are so curious about your young cousin Samuel and his big sisters. So here is my answer to your question "how do his sisters like Sam, and what do they do with him?"

Samuel was born on a Sunday in May. It was a beautiful day, and even though Sam thought he might like to come out very, very early in the morning (like, before they start showing cartoons on the television!), he then decided to take his time making his way into the world, and arrived late in the afternoon. His sisters Anna and Maggie were among his first visitors the very next day!

Since it was a Monday, and during the school year, and since both Anna and Maggie are very, very BIG big sisters and go to school, they had to wait until after school was over to meet their little brother. I would say that they weren't pleased about this. Not pleased at all. In fact, perhaps you can remember something that made you very cross recently. Like perhaps your mother told you it was time to go home from the beach because it was time for supper. BOO! Or maybe then your father asked you to eat ALL of your brussels sprouts! DOUBLE BOO! Remember how cross you felt? Well, this is exactly how cross Anna and Maggie were when they had to wait a whole day to see their new brother.

However, when they did finally get to see him, boy were they happy! Like, after you ate those brussels sprouts, then you got ice cream for dessert? Just like that! They got to hold Sam, and he made gurgling baby sounds, and they made Big Sister "awwwww!" sounds and everyone smiled with very big smiles, and some even cried a little. But not the kind of crying like when you got stung by a bee that one time- the happy kind of tears like the kind Mommy gets when you do a great job in the school play. So since then, Sam and Maggie and Anna have decided that they all like each other, even though sometimes one of them might do something that makes them a little mad. That's the way it is with sisters and brothers. They make you mad sometimes, and maybe sometimes you think that you don't like them very much! But really, you do like them, you just forget for a minute, and then, later, when they share their awesome purple sidewalk chalk with you, you remember that you really do like them.

BUT! That was a whole two months ago. More than two months! What have Anna and Maggie done with Sam since then? Holy cow, they have done a LOT! Here are just a few things.

First of all, Sam is pretty tiny. And he doesn't really DO a whole lot of things. The things he is really good at are eating and sleeping. And POOPING! He's really good at that. But those aren't things Anna and Maggie can do with him. Especially the pooping. You really don't want anything to do with that if you can help it. Maggie and Anna are old enough to know that.

Anna and Maggie help out Sam's mom (that's your Aunt Kim!) a whole lot though. Sometimes, she needs to do something for herself, like eat her peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch is hard if you are holding a baby, so sometimes Maggie will hold baby Sam while Aunt Kim eats her sandwich. Or, sometimes, Aunt Kim needs to wash her hands after changing one of those icky, smelly, poopy diapers. With a clean diaper on, Sam is pretty happy, so Anna will play with Sam while Aunt Kim washes her hands. It's REALLY IMPORTANT to wash your hands, especially after changing Sam's diaper, and especially if you are going to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich later.

Last week, we all went to the beach! I bet you know all about the beach, don't you? Building sand castles, and playing in the waves, and getting sand everywhere and sometimes feeling like it's just TOO hot. I love the beach, and it turns out Sam loves the beach too! Well, while we were at the beach, Sam and his sisters had fun. Mostly Sam watched while Maggie played catch with her Aunt Ellen (hey! she's YOUR Aunt Ellen too!), and he watched while Anna built a sand castle. He likes watching. I think he is watching his sisters do all of those things so he can do them later, once he is big enough to body surf and build sand castles and play catch.

So, Stella, those are just a few things about how Anna and Maggie like their little brother Sam, and the kinds of things they do with him.

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Uncle Bill

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