My brother Jonah and I dubbed ourselves the “#2’s” years and years ago.
I was the second girl, and he was the second boy in a family of nine kids.
It was our own special “club” in a sea of siblings.
And we are so excited around here because this club of ours is reuniting:
Well, we are sort of trying to know if we should hold our breath…may be too good to be true? But it’s looking good.
You see, he and his family live on Maui, and since his youngest will be in third grade next year they decided to make the trek to live in the desert for a year so that that boy of theirs can have the best third grade teacher in the whole wide world:
Mr. Eyre. Who is my brother Josh.
Does this make me feel like chop liver because we have five kids who live a few miles away and were never in Mr. Eyre’s class? Yes, it does! But I was underwater at that time with all those little kids and Dave traveling every week trying to start a company and I just didn’t have the bandwidth to get kids to two different schools with toddlers and babies in tow, and by the time we got to our “easier” younger kids who didn’t have little siblings to lug around we needed the special needs support. Blah blah. I think I figured they got Josh around so much that they could experience the magic he creates without being in his class. And they did. They sure love that guy. But of course it’s not the same as being in his class and every now and again I do kick myself about that little fact.
Anyway, I digress.
Bottom line is that we are crossing our fingers we’ll really have not one but TWO of my brothers around next year.
Sometimes I marvel at how similar my siblings and I are.
We have such similar views of the world. We have such similar takes on the gospel. We are all compulsively addicted to travel. We love to debate and talk through life and we crave being together.
But there are other times I marvel at our different paths as well. The ways life changes according to who you marry and where you live and what you read and how you think. I so appreciate the differences right along with the similarities.
Jonah’s family is so unique.
He met his wife Aja on a summer internship at Harvard. Aja graduated from Harvard and was also Miss Las Vegas (where she grew up). They have five kids, the oldest goes to Columbia, the second just accepted an offer to attend Harvard (yow!), and three more who I’m sure will do outstanding things.
And they live life in such a unique way. I wrote about this when I shared their daughter (my niece Ana)’s incredible documentary she put together chronicling their trip driving across the country in a “greasel” car. That post is back HERE.
If you haven’t watched that video yet, you NEED to watch it. It will make you think in a whole new way.
Ok and I may as well link the video here too in case you don’t want to go back to that post, but there are some good other things there too if you have time! Here’s the video trailer:
And the full video itself:
I marvel not only at that awesome family, but also on Ana’s video skills. I wish I had those suckers!
Anyway, back to right now: Jo came for a visit a couple weeks ago (shipping one car he is working on fixing and trying to figure out all the logistics of getting their kids into school, etc.).
We went to see Top Gun together:
We had some long, late-night discussions:
The girls got to hang with that awesome uncle who is full of no-nonsense wisdom and fun teasing:
We basked in togetherness and got excited for how this next year will go with Jo and Aja and their crew here.
Cannot wait for our new neighbors.