Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls.”
Most of the time when I read this verse I think on how this applies to marriage. But recently I’ve realized that this verse can apply to other situations…like brothers.
Many people responded with less than encouraging remarks when they found out that Carter would only be 15 months younger than Drew. “That’s a lot of work!” “Did you plan that?” “It must be sooner than you planned.” Our response: We’re glad that God gave Drew a little brother. We envisioned them being buddies, playing together, and encouraging one another.
And that is precisely how it has been. Drew has absolutely loved having a younger brother. Carter is a playmate, always ready for some fun with his older brother. Drew is learning how to encourage his brother when he learns something new. He’s learning how to take care of someone younger than him even when it means sacrificing something he wants to do. He’s had the joy of holding his little brother, feeding him, and helping him stand. And he’s learning how to share. Drew would not be the little person he is today without Carter.
Carter absolutely adores Drew. His face lights up with a smile when Drew stops to play with him or smile at him. He enjoys following Drew, playing with him and watching him do things.
Are they close in age? Yes! Does it mean some challenging moments? Yes!
Drew and Carter are perfect together. Their reward? A loving and supportive best friend…a brother.
~ Carrie ~