Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Funny Memories..."the other one"

Last night I started thinking about something that happened in our family about 6 years ago and then I remembered that I had blogged about it (and I am so glad it did!) It was one of those parenting moments when you know that God has a huge sense of humor and continually reminds us (HIS children) of how little control we truly have...even when, as parents, we think we have it going on!  So, in honor of a humbling parental moment (and how much it still makes me laugh) I thought I would repost this:

Reposted from "Meet The Other One" June 6, 2006

No, I am not being cruel to my youngest child...he is, the “other one”.

This whole other one business started on New Years Day. My dear husband and I decided we were not happy with the amount of sibling discord we were having in our home and decided to address it formally. We took our cues from some of the most well respected family therapist and experts and decided to have a “family meeting”. The children were called into the dining room and took their seats. My youngest child sat between his older siblings. The older two had a look of knowing dread. I think they assumed we were going to announce something hideous like I was having another baby!

Dear husband and I were trying to impart the “think of others first” type of mentality to these three little ones. I gave several examples of what that might look like: “let the other one wash their hands first”, “let the other one sit in the prized seat on the sofa”, “let the other one get the ball first”, etc. I really felt I was doing an extraordinary job imparting such wisdom and the world would be a better place because of it.

Then it dear, sweet, adorable youngest child interrupts. He literally raises both hands, palms down, out towards his brother and sister and very solemnly looks them straight in the eyes and says, “Now you know, I AM the other one.”

In case there was any doubt!
Meet the “other one”.


  1. Hahah!! My husband is the youngest of three boys...this is exactly the kind of thing he would've said too lol!

    Hi mother did tell the older ones that their baby brother would be bigger than them some day. Oh how the tides shifted when that day came!

  2. Haha!! That's hysterical :) He is such a charmer.


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