They are Brothers, They are Friends…

My boys, Brett and Brad were born three years and two months apart.  They were close from the beginning.  I think that Brett could hardly wait for Brad to grow up and be his buddy.

Buddies at an early age...

Buddies at an early age...

From day one, Brett was the leader, Brad was the follower.  Brad just has that kind of personality.  He’s easy going, and not hard to please.  Brad would always play whatever Brett wanted to play.  I don’t ever remember hearing Brad suggest something to play when they were young.

the little super heros...

the little super heros...

I remember all sorts of phases that the boys went through.  There was the super hero phase…They both liked Batman and Superman.  Brett also loved He Man and the Masters of the Universe, but Brad didn’t care much for them.  There were the  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and of course Wrestlemania —good ole’ Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior!  We had some serious wrestling matches going on at our house until we had to put a stop to it.    Brett thought all of those moves were real and was trying them out on Brad!

Sportin' those matching neon outfits on vacation at Marineland...

Sportin' those matching neon outfits on vacation at Marineland...

After Brad got old enough, I used to enjoy dressing the boys alike.  I did that a lot.  Sometimes I would buy the same outfits, but in different colors.  While they were growing up the neon colors were popular, so they had some pretty flashy summer outfits!  The things we do in the name of style!!!

Brett and Brad shared a bedroom for many years.  They slept on bunk beds–Brad on top, Brett on bottom.  When our oldest child, Brandy, moved out, Brad moved into her old room.  By then, the boys were teenagers and needed their own space.  I remember Brett didn’t respect Brad’s privacy and would go in his room and take things without asking.  Brad responded by installing a lock on his door which he locked from the outside with a key.

Oh the tales I could tell about those two boys, but I’ll save some for another day.  I am still finding out things to this day that I didn’t know about!!!  Apparently they were quite good at keeping secrets and covering up for each other…and each did their share of things that needed to be covered up!

the boys looking through old toys that I'd saved...

the boys looking through old toys that I'd saved...

Both boys are grown now.  Brett is married and has an eight month old son.  Brad is still single and lives with Ed’s 87 year old mother.  He helps see that her needs are met.  Only a small patch of woods separates the residences where the boys live.

Several months ago, Brett and his wife were going through some rough times in their marriage.  They were separated for a few months.  Brad was there for Brett every step of the way.  He cooked for him and fed him, listened when he needed to talk, and spent hours trying to help fill the void in his life–even drove him to have his wisdom teeth taken out.  He was a true friend, as well as a brother…

Although each young man lives their own life now, Brett and Brad remain pretty close.  They both continue to like a lot of the same things.  A weekend may find them playing a video game or watching a NASCAR race on television.  Boys will always be boys–at heart!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog…don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in my 100th post give away contest.  Details are at the top of my blog page under Kathy’s Contests…

Published in: on August 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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