Day 1 – A Month of Thanks

Daisy over at I’m Nobody! Who Are You? has decided to find something to be thankful for everyday in the month leading up to Thanksgiving. I am going to join in and spend the next month being thankful. Yesterday marked the first day of the month before Thanksgiving, and the first day to find something to be thankful for.

Yesterday was my brother Jesse’s birthday. He is known as Tio Chuy to my kids, and he is  close to all of them, but he is especially close to my youngest son Decca.

Jesse is funny, annoying, and caring all at the same time. He is the big brother who pestered me my whole childhood. He use to have me hold his legs up while he sat on the couch watching cartoons, he gave me wet willies all the time, and he had no problem sharing all his bodily functions with everyone.

Jesse with my brother Harold before I was born. He wasn't too annoying yet because he had no younger siblings to pester.

When I found out I was pregnant I told my mom that I would be happy with any child, but I didn’t want to get a child with Jesse’s personality. Then I had Decca, and in many ways he was a clone of Jesse. They share looks and personality, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jesse and Decca are very close, and I am thankful for this relationship and for the time Jesse spends with the kids. He has helped Decca in his journey with selective mutism, and he led Decca down the path of being able to call me mutti. And for that I will always be thankful.

Jesse and me at my mom's studio

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