The brother I won´t forget
Erik Williams 30 år
I turned my head and smiled at Mum. Those long, painful nine months......they had paid off. Never could we have expected a more beautiful baby. Mum seemed to read my mind and kissed the top of my head.
‘See? Things do get better- you just have to be patient.’ she said, placing a hand on my shoulder and staring lovingly at Michael.
‘Yeah, they do, don’t they?’ I agreed, and I turned back to look at my little brother. A premonition of me coming home from University and Michael running up to me flashed before my eyes. That’s when I realized that this was just the beginning, and there were many more happy times ahead.
Michael was crying. I could hear him screaming from Mum and Dad’s room. I wanted to think: Someone shut that baby up, can’t you see I’m trying to catch up on my beauty sleep? But all I could think was: Poor Michael, what are they
doing to him? Of course, I knew Mum and Dad weren’t doing anything except rising in sitting
positions feeling every bone of their bodies protest. I could imagine Mum saying to Dad, ‘You sleep, darling. I’ll get him.’ and Dad smiling gratefully, probably wearily and still half asleep and his head hitting the pillow. Then I heard Mum and Dad’s bedroom door opening and Michael’s screams getting louder.
Mum was singing to him in a low voice to try and settle him down as she walked over, I imagine, to the overhead light switch, turning it on. Then I visualized her settling down in ‘his’ chair, unbuttoning her nightshirt. I rolled over onto my back and closed my eyes. When you want to become an author as much as I do, you can lie in bed or sit in an armchair and ‘watch’ a scene unfold in your mind. I ‘saw’ Mum bringing Michael up close to her breast and then his screaming immediately stopped. So that was it - he was just hungry. I was almost disappointed in him, waking Mum in the early hours of the morning to just demand a feed, but then I saw his gorgeous angelic face gaze into my eyes in my vision and his little hands curled up against my stomach and I forgave him, guiltily thinking that I, too, would have done the same thing only sixteen years ago. For a moment I considered getting up out of bed and into the lounge room to offer to help Mum, but I realized that it was impossible for me to muster up that kind of energy. So I acclaimed for lying in bed, dreaming of all the fun we, my mother, father, little Mike, Gidget (our dog) and I would have when little brother was just a bit older. Already, I saw him wobbling unsteadily towards me on his runty feet. Already I saw Mum packing his school lunch and me accompanying him and Mum as he prepared for his first day of pre-school. My eyes misted over. Oh, what wonderful times they would be. And the most wonderful part a... Ladda upp arbete
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