Oh Brother

Today is Crawford’s birthday.

I’ve been sitting here for a while trying to figure out what to say about him and mostly wondering how my mom EVER talks about Crawford without coming off like one of those parents who is convinced their child is the most perfect child in the world (“and, Mrs. Jones, the reason my child is acting out in class is because he’s just too smart; you aren’t challenging him.”).

Fortunately, all the negative terms about those kinds of parents are never applied to sisters, so I can just go right ahead and tell you how completely and utterly terrific Crawford is.

He’s smart, he’s athletic, he’s friendly, he’s handsome. He’s delightful in every way. See? Braggy! But it’s all true!

We’re alike in a lot of ways. We both are very competitive, extremely careful with our money, love to read, and enjoy school more than the average person.

One of the things I love most about Crawford is how much he loves having Bart and me around. I remember every time I came home from college, he would always want to sit next to me at dinner, or he’d snuggle up to me on the couch when we watched a movie. Even now, when his friends will call while we’re around, he’ll say, “Sorry, Bart and Janssen are here. I’m going to hang out with them.” He probably has no idea how good that makes me feel.

Sometimes it seems like our family is a little bit divided into two sections, because of the many year gap between Landen and Crawford, but I love that I remember virtually all of Crawford’s life. I remember him before he had glasses (he got them when he was 2), I remember him with a bowl cut, and when he called birds “burds.”

And I like him just as much now, as a teenager, as I did when he was the little Tickly Boy.

Happy Birthday, Goghs.

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  • Reply Deidre January 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I noticed you commented on John and Tamsen Keyes blog…Brad goes to dental school with John in Boston. How do you know them?! Small world…

  • Reply Deidre January 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I noticed you commented on John and Tamsen Keyes blog…Brad goes to dental school with John in Boston. How do you know them?! Small world…

  • Reply Jess January 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Awww, so cute! Happy birthday to your adorable little brother!

  • Reply Tara January 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I adore Crawford. I don't know him as well as I know you girls, but still love him. I have this picture of him and I hugging at my wedding that is precious to me.

  • Reply Packrat January 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Happy birthday, Crawford!

    J – he even looks like you!

    Random, but the picture of you all in the background is wonderful.

  • Reply Miriam January 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Happy birthday Crawford – I would post it on his blog – but I don't think he's done anything with it in over 2 years, so we'll just let you pass it along to him!

  • Reply Marie January 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I can't believe he is a teenager! What a great kid!

  • Reply Laurie January 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    He looks like you! You have such a sweet-sounding family. Happy birthday to your brother!

  • Reply Melissa January 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your brother. Happy Birthday Crawford!

  • Reply Braden January 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I can't figure out the phonetic difference represented by "birds" vs. "burds". You mean, like, "boords"? I pronounce "birds" to rhyme with "turds".

  • Reply sam January 29, 2010 at 1:51 am

    have I ever told you that your family has the coolest names ever?? well, you guys all do. and not cool like "ummm…you named your child apple??…" cool like "holy cow. is there any way i could copy that name…and that name…oh, yeah, that one too…"

    just fyi 😉

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