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    His brother's keeper

    “Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply." ~Jane Austen


    Every once in a while, Bubby and Mac get to have "sleepovers" together. They had one last week, with Bubby hosting Mac in his bed for the night.

    Being a gracious host and all, Bubby read the bedtime story to his little brother...


    And being a thoughtful brother and all, Bubby protected his reportedly "scared" little brother through the night...

    big brother and little brother

    Sweetest. Sleepover. Ever.

    Sweetest big brother ever, too.

    Today's question:

    When it comes to relationships with your siblings, are you more often the protector or the protected?

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    Reader Comments (13)

    What a lovely thing, sibling love like that. May it always be that way for these sweet boys!

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Cassara

    Both. And when we were kids, neither...we fought each other. We remain very close.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTam Warner Minton

    That is just beautiful! I think Sandy and I protect one another but because I am the older I guess I get most of the credit.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    The protector, but she hates me for it.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Nicholl

    Only child here, so I can't answer. :-) But, I love that photo.

    That is so sweet. What a tender picture to have.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    My older sister insuccessfully tried to kill me before I was two by dropping me on my head. As we matured, her methods became more subtle but no less lethal. In lieu of a protective sibbling, I have surrounded myself with caring, supportive friends, none of whom owns a gun.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStacia Friedman

    Your little guys are so adorable! It makes me teary and so happy watching my grandchildren protect each other. As the oldest of 5 I will forever be the protector. I was 14 when my youngest brother was born and I adored him. He died when he was 26 and 16 years later I miss him more every day.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen McGettigan

    There's nothing better than having your kids (or grandkids) share such a special bond. Love the photos, and hope they always remain close.

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLois Alter Mark

    I can't wait to have grandkids! Love those pics....they are so heartwarming. Thanks for sharing and making me smile!

    November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarolann

    This is the sweetest picture! It makes me project ahead to the lifelong bond they will share that will surpass any friendships they might make outside of the family.
    My sisters and I took turns being the "protector" or the "protected," depending on what was needed at he time! Same with my daughters today. "Your friends will come and go," I'd tell them, "but sisters are forever!" (brothers, too! :))

    November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    In our family I feel my 2 siblings and I rotate this role. I am the protector of them since I am the oldest but when I have had any problems or a crisis they have been there to protect me.

    November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Shank

    So sweet! They stay little for such a short time. I miss my two being toddlers.

    November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly
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