I love visiting this little family, and this morning we realized I hadn't been to their house in California for almost two years. I had seen them in Tallahassee and on their trip to New York City, but as I was pretty steady with visiting, it just hadn't happened in a while.
As I get older and see the kids grow, I can't help but to think of how different my brother and my life has looked. I've been free to come and go and stayed unattached to the responsibility of a family, and it's almost all he has known his whole adult life.
I think this crosses my brother and sister-in-laws minds when I'm around, too. Do any of us know more than the other when our lives are just so different? Do any of us feel like we made a bold choice at some point in our lives? I think when we talk about our experiences it's more of a consensus that we are all just trying to do the best we can on that particular day.
And on this day, I went to see the kids swim practice and my sister-in-law as the swim coach, I took the kids to In-N-Out Burger, and to pick out one candy at a gas station. Then I took them to see Despicable Me at the movies. And when the movie began, I promptly fell asleep for the duration. Despicable.