Brotherly Love

Thursday, September 6, 2007
After we returned from our vacation, I was sorting through the mail. Harry saw a letter from the *Make a Wish* Foundation . He was attracted to the photos of young kids doing interesting things. One, who looked to be about his age, was dressed as a police officer and standing next to a mini-motorcycle. So, Harry asked what the letter was about and if that kid was a "real" police officer. I explained to him that this organization grants children who are very ill a special wish to make them feel better. Harry had all sorts of questions about the kids, their wishes and if they die. It was a tough conversation on the heels of little Jude's death. In the midst of our discussion we decided that we would make a donation in Jude's honor so that a child could get a wish. Harry is donating money he has saved from his allowance.

Then I asked Harry what his wish would be. His answer blew me away. He said, "Well, if me and Willie were both at that place and we were both sick, my wish would be that Will would get better even if it meant that I would die." Now that is brotherly love. I have never been so proud of my son!




30 comments:

  1. I love this and it show the close bond between Will and Harry. I remember you telling me about it a little while ago and I was wondering if you would post it. You are very lucky that Will and Harry love each other so much! I hope that the day never come when little Harry would have to make that decision, but what a comfort as a mommy to know that they will always have each other ~ through thick and think!

    Ladybug hugs,
    Debbie

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  2. I have two boys and there is nothing better than seeing them be brother and just absolutly love each other.

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  3. Wow, your boys just blow me away. They are just sooo sweet.
    I love how tender Harry's heart is.

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  4. I would burst into tears to hear my son say that. I tell you, you are doing an outstanding job with those boys. What a mature thing to say for such a small boy.

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  5. Wow! Now that's wisdom well beyond his years ...

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  6. These are two very strong, loving sons you have. You are very blessed.

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  7. Wow....that is so sweet and awesome!! There is some wonderful parenting going on in that house to foster those sort of relationships! :)

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  8. That is by far the sweetest thing I have ever heard. Bless his little heart. You are doing a great job Kim! I put a little ditty about you on my blog, you are a great mom and this just proves it even more!

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  9. What a sweet boy, with a sweet heart. I love that. Brothers are great, my post today is about brothers also.

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  10. Your post brought tears to my eyes... you have two beautiful, special, sweet, precious little guys. Little Harry is so darling and his heart is as big as can be. I love that they are so close and are best friends.
    That is beautiful that you made a donation in honor of little Jude. What a wonderful gift to bring a smile to a hurting child's heart...
    I know where your boys get their kindness from...
    Love,
    Daleea

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  11. I love the post about the Make a Wish foundation. Harry is so sweet! He will definitely turn into a fine young man one day! :) You have been tagged! Check out my blog!

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  12. Harry,

    I think it is wonderful that you have a heart so big that you think of other children, and that you care about your bother so much. It shows what an amazing person you are, and I know that when you grow up you are going to do wonderful things because you're doing them now! You are an incredible little brother to Will, and an incredible big brother to Kate. They are so lucky to have such a great brother and I know you will always be there for your family! Your words brought tears to my eyes. Don't worry Harry, they were happy tears. You have a wonderful heart.

    Hugs,

    Danielle

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  13. Got. That one really choked me up. You are so lucky that your boys love one another so deeply.

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  14. how very precious! "The greatest of these is LOVE"...."Love conquers all!" .. How great the love is that has been built between your boys! Blessings to you!!
    Kim

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  15. Just one more reason I want Ainsley to meet Harry someday!!!
    You have raised two very special little men! Look out when Kate starts dating. They will have a lot to live up to!!

    On another note, my blog is done. Thank you so much for forwarding my name to Danielle. Now I can officially get "blogging!"

    Blessings,
    Diana

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  16. Hope you are feeling better. It is hard not to feel good when you hear comments like that. I hope they will always remain that close. They have no doubt learned that kind of love from you and your husband.

    Thank you for making a donation to the Make a Wish foundation. My cousin's 12 year old son had a heart transplant at 6 weeks old and as a result of all the anti-rejection meds developed T-Cell Lymphoma. He has gone through two rounds of chemo and is currently in remission. He had his wish last year. He wanted to be a pirate. So he and his family went to San Francisco so he could be a pirate for a day. It was INCREDIBLE for all of them.

    Beautiful thoughts as always, Kim!

    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  17. Kim,

    This speaks volumes about the kind of parent you are. Clearly, you are teaching your children to value what is truly important.

    You should feel so good about the kind of boys they are and the kind of men they are sure to become.

    And boy is Miss Kate fortunate to have such great big brothers.

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  18. I didn't even notice that you already did this post. But, thank you for the very nice compliment on my name! You are so very sweet! You have a wonderful weekend aswell! :)

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  19. WOW!!! Such love, that has been instilled with WONDERFUL parenting!! Way to go mom and dad, you should be very proud!!! Imagine the love of their sister when she begins to date, those would be dates don't stand a chance!!!

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  20. wow... that just melted my heart,. What an awesome little man you have there~!

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  21. So sweet, just so very tender. Thanks for sharing - what wonderful boys...

    Heather

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  22. What a beautiful story! Way to go boys. Your generous, giving spirit is inspiring to us all.

    Beth in WI

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  23. Beautiful boys...
    Harry has such a wonderful soul.

    This gave me goosebumps.

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  24. Oh, bless his heart.
    Your little guys are so precious. :D

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  25. This was beautiful- thanks for sharing. Your sons are the most amzingly thoughtful and empathetic boys ever. This brought me to tears!

    XOXO,
    stacie and z

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  26. I am crying- they are so sweet- you have a gorgeous life with loving pure hearted children- I am so looking forward to following your jounery and learning from your experiences and stories as well.

    I want my son to have these values and hope to give him siblings more than anything. What a gift that love is.

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