Dear little brother,
Excuse me while I still try to comprehend the fact that you will be 4 this November... Weren't you just being born? Has 4 years really gone by this quickly?
If Nati was a surprise than what were you? A bigger surprise??? At least now I can't complain about 1) Wanting a sibling or 2) Having no maternal instincts. Thanks for that.
Because of you (And Nati), I have grown so much, in so many ways. I don't think you will ever know how much you mean to me. My heart grows fonder of you with every passing day. And even though me and you don't have a special connection like me and Nati do (we're girls, we can't help it...), we have a big sister-little brother connection that is all it's own.
But here is some advice for maybe down the road, seeing as you have two big sisters, a mom, and several aunts, knowing a woman's mind is probably the best for you.
Don't ever forget our birthdays. You're excused now seeing as your probably don't even remember yours. But as you get older, just don't forget. Mark it in your calender, your phone, somewhere! And just because it's not our birthday, doesn't mean we don't like little gifts every now and then. A thoughtful card is always the way to my heart at least.
Known when you're right... And when you're wrong. Hold your ground in an argument; I guarantee you'll have plenty of practice with both your sisters. If your heart says it's right and you strongly believe in what you are arguing, don't hold back. Don't fall for everything or anything. But also know when to apologize or do the right thing.
Be smart! Not just school smart, but street smart. Take examples from your uncles, your dad, your siblings. But don't make their mistakes. Know manly things, like how to fix a flat, change your oil, and jump-start a car. But also don't diss the feminine things, like how to cook, fix your hair and how to dress right. These things can help you in the long run.
Every time I look at you, I get scared because you are adorable now, how will you look at 16? 17? 18? When you start dating and such. You are going to be a heart-breaker. I just hope and pray that you won't use that to your advantage. I hope that we teach you that a woman's heart is not a play toy nor are they just an object for you to "claim". I hope that you learn how to be respectful and kind and caring and compassionate.
I hope you learn how to be strong, both physically, spiritually, and emotionally; that it's okay to cry, even if society says men should not cry. I hope that you learn that you should be a leader NOT a follower; and that society shouldn't dictate on what you do or say.
But most importantly.... I hope you learn that family is always and forever. And that we will have your back whenever you feel that you're against a wall. And just because you get older does not mean that you can't tell me anything.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."