I can see it in his eyes. They sparkle and come alive when he spies him entering the room. It is clear that our almost 18-month old child is utterly and completely, totally and undeniably infatuated with his older brother.
With an age difference of 6 years, I did not expect such a bond to develop between the two at this age. But it is there. From fighting over the last goldfish in the box to wrestling and giggling on the floor, these two have become fast bosum buddies.
Jacob, our youngest, wants nothing more than to copy every movement, every breath of his big bro Daniel. As soon as Daniel dares walk down the long hallway to his bedroom, Jacob is right on his heels...running at a full sprint as fast as his little toddling legs will allow. His body gyrating back and forth as he speeds in hot pursuit, it is clear he is on a mission...to follow in Daniel's footsteps at any cost.
It really is the sweetest thing I've ever seen.
I am sure as the years go by, there will be more and more ways that he will get on his brother's nerves as he tries hard to emulate his every move. But for now, there is still a sweet tenderness, a newfound friendship being nurtured that warms a momma's heart and stirs in me images of giggles in the night, flashlight escapades shared under bedcovers and adventures that only brothers can share.
But for now, I will sit back and enjoy watching what I hope will be a very special relationship develop. They may not be close in age and they may not even be related by bloodline...but none of that seems to matter. It's a brotherly love we've got goin....and nothin could be finer.