I Swear These Answers Were Not Planted

OK, so first off, please don’t call CAS.  The boys do actually know that they cannot commit GBH with hockey sticks.  Secondly, I swear I did not plant the flattering answers.  They boys sucked up all on their own.  Thirdly, though I asked them these questions independently, when I told them that I was asking them because May 24 is Brother’s Day, they all asked, “Will we get presents?”

Littlest G (5)

What is the most important thing about being a brother?

Being nice.

What is the hardest thing about being a brother?

Being really nice.

What is the best thing about being a brother?

Playing with my brothers.

What’s the best thing your brother(s) taught you?

Big G taught me how to play hockey, and R taught me how to play soccer.

How are you like your brother(s)?

We all love to play hockey.

How are you different?

I’m smaller and I have curly hair.

What is the most annoying thing about your brother(s)?

When they interrupt me.

What is the worst trouble your brother(s) got into?

The worst trouble I got into was when I hit R with a hockey stick.

What is the best advice your brother(s) gave you?

R taught me how to be James Bond, and G taught me how to do a snap shot.

What is your favourite thing to do with your brother(s)?

Play hockey.

What is one of your favourite memories of your brother(s)?

Playing Memory.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to become a brother?

Don’t be mean, don’t annoy your brother, don’t shout.  If they do something you don’t like, say “stop” three times, then get a teacher or a grown up.  Have fun.  Play with him a lot, take care of him, and give him lots of toys and stuff.

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R (nearly 8)

What is the most important thing about being a brother?

Having fun.

What is the hardest thing about being a brother?

Not arguing.

What is the best thing about being a brother?

Having family time with my brothers.

What’s the best thing your brother(s) taught you?

Big G taught me how to play hockey when I was 3.

How are you like your brother(s)?

We all like to play hockey, baseball and soccer.  We are all boys.

How are you different?

Big G thinks he’s the best, but Mom and Dad are the best.  Actually, Mom you are the best when we are snuggled up reading together, and Dad’s the best when we are playing at the park.

What is the most annoying thing about your brother(s)?

Ugh!  When they keep doing the same thing over and over and over again.

What is the worst trouble your brother(s) got into?

Big G broke a window with a tennis ball, and Little G snuck candy into bed.

What is the best advice your brother(s) gave you?

Big G taught me how to raise the puck.

What is your favourite thing to do with your brother(s)?

Play hockey, soccer and baseball.

What is one of your favourite memories of your brother(s)?

Playing on the beach at the cottage and splashing in the water and digging in the mud and pretending to be characters from a game.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to become a brother?

Be kind, let him do what he wants sometimes, give him lots of hugs.

Big G (nearly 12)

What is the most important thing about being a brother?

Helping your little brothers.

What is the hardest thing about being a brother?

When they don’t respect me.

What is the best thing about being a brother?

Your little brothers look up to you and look to you as a role model and even though they don’t always show it, they respect you.

What’s the best thing your brother(s) taught you?

That being an older brother is harder than it looks.

How are you like your brother(s)?

We are all ticklish.  We all share the same amazing mother and father.

How are you different?

I am so much more awesome.  (See R’s response above!)

What is the most annoying thing about your brother(s)?

When they take my stuff and get into my space.

What is the worst trouble your brother(s) got into?

When R and I played with matches.

What is the best advice your brother(s) gave you?

I dunno.

What is your favourite thing to do with your brother(s)?

Play hockey.

What is one of your favourite memories of your brother(s)?

When G was born and R was the first to hold him, I remember the look of pride on R’s face.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to become a brother?

Make your decisions wisely; your brothers look up to you.

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