my son would have been a marvellous elder brother.
he loves taking care of children younger than him - playing games, sharing toys or just simply being with them. but as it is, he will remain the younger of 2 siblings & that's unlikely to change.
the other day, i asked him that since he likes playing with joseph, a really cute 4-yr-old from church, would he mind if we exchanged his sister for joseph, so that he'll always have someone to play with. he thought for a while, then declined the offer. i asked him why, & he replied as-a-matter-of-factly that she is still his sister.
i was pleased with his decision, although i wouldn't have despaired had he accepted the offer, not that i could make it happen. despite his loneliness while the sister is away at school, i'm glad he realises that blood is still thicker than water.