Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Siblings and responsibility!

On a number of occasions over the last few days I have attempted to write something meaningful for this monthly post of mine!

I am stuck....

I am missing my friend, who is still in ICU. It has now been five weeks and we still don't know the outcome.

As mentioned in last month's Hopeful Parent post, the tragedy has been a wake up call for me. What on earth is going to happen to my Nick should anything happen to me and/or my husband?

Some time last week, I found myself alone with my first born, Thomas. I am not sure where it came from and I certainly didn't plan to bring up the subject of Nick's future. I blurted out, "I am sorry Tom, Tom... I never wanted to put you under this pressure, however, there may come a time that you will have to be responsible for Nick".

There was a short pause; and then he said....

"I am willing to take it on. He is my brother".

I love him deeply for his maturity and his commitment to his brother. I remain hopeful that I am around long enough so that he doesn't have to take on the responsibility.

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Di lives in sunny South Africa and she blogs about autism and all that goes with it over at the Bright Side of Life


  1. I'm glad he is so mature that he knows what does it mean to be responsible for his brother. My children are too small at the moment... That kind of talk will just have to wait...

  2. You have really captured the spirit of the brotherly love you speak of in this beautiful and touching photograph. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Sorry to hear about your friend. How proud you must be of both your boys, they are lucky to have each other. And you and hubby too of course!

    xx Jazzy

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  6. Great Post! My younger brother has ASD and although my parents haven't had that talk with me, I've already known that me and my other sisters will look after him always :)

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