Brothers make the best of friends

Despite any amount of teasing, shoving and not sharing in the household, my boys are actually the best of friends. They love to joke and laugh together, usually over something about a fart. As much as it annoys me, it definitely makes me smile to see them building a bond that will last their whole lives. But it’s times when they show their heart, that really catches my breathe. The times they show their tenderness and love for eachother, well, that just brings tears to my eyes.

skating lessons

These two started skating lessons for the first time last year. This picture was one of the few times you saw Little Buddy on his feet. After a couple of lessons and a significant amount of falls, he decided to keep his butt firmly planted on the ice for the remainder of the season. His big brother, our Middle Man, tried to help him up a few times but would end up right back on the ice beside him. Still it was nice he tried.

This month our lessons started up again. Little Buddy now wearing the grey snowsuit his brother wore the year before him! I was super impressed with their progress, they were both doing great! Little Buddy was trying so hard and when he fell, Middle Man was never too far away to come and rescue him. This year, being bigger and stronger, he was able to pull his brother up each time. You could see their love for eachother in their eyes. Each fall, Little Buddy looked up to his bigger bro for help and he was there ready to give it. He followed him around the ice the whole session and never gave up.

The first day is always an assessment day for skating and by the end of the lesson the instuctor picked two or three kids who were doing well and moved them up to the next level. This included Middle Man. They sadly looked at each other as they parted ways. 

As much as it melted my heart seeing these two work as a team, I know it will do them both good to practice on their own. Little Buddy needs to learn to pull himself up when he’s down and Middle Man needs the freedom to focus on growing his own skills.

In the van after lessons, Middle Man says, “I won’t be there now to help you up when you fall buddy, but you’ll be okay”

Indeed they will. 

Brothers Make the Best of Friends! 


  1. Judy Cowan says:

    How sweet! I think it is true that your siblings are often your best friends even though at time you fight and disagree, in the end they usually are the ones there for you.

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    This is so nice to hear, with my two girls I don’t think they will ever get along, right from day one all they have done is fight with each other and still do, it’s sad really. I keep telling them your only true friend will be your sister, but they will not listen

  3. Great post! My sister and I fought continuously, drove our mom nuts.

  4. Yes, my boys fight like crazy sometimes, ages 3 1/2 and 5 1/2, but yet they miss each other when they are apart. They are protective of one another, and as they get older it is great to see how nicely they can now play together. I really really hope they grow to be close and always share their joy and encouragement with each other.

    • momvstheboys says:

      That sounds like my boys, if one is away at a birthday party, the other constantly asks when he’s coming home!Hopefully it’s a bond that will last a lifetime!

  5. I wish my girls didn’t fight as much, But there is a 5 year difference and they have different likes and interest

  6. Kids will be kids and they do fight, but deep down they love each other deeply!

  7. kathy downey says:

    Lovely to hear they are such good friend,my grandkids(boy/girl) are very close now at 8/10 share everything even treats….hope it stays that way

  8. That is really sweet! It’s always nice when they get along and show compassion for each other!

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Two of my girls are so close that they could be twins despite living on other sides of the world. Two of the boys haven’t spoken to each other in years which is very, very sad for me.

  10. Laurie P says:

    Hubby comes from a loooong line of boys. He’s also the only sibling to have a boy AND a girl. I’m hoping our kids will be closer in time. There is a huge age gap of 15 years, so only time will tell.

  11. Anne Taylor says:

    I love this! I sometimes wish I’d had my girls closer to gether, but they have a seven year age difference so they are quite different people and in different places in their lives, but they are still sisters and quite close

  12. Anna Johnson says:

    My 3 boys are close in age and for the most part, get along well. They help each other and look out for each other. I hope they continue to be good friends for life.

  13. That is something we are working at instilling in our children…that their siblings will always have their backs.

  14. Victoria Ess says:

    What a sweet relationship they have!

  15. kathy downey says:

    Its wonderful when they grow to be wonderful friends

  16. kathy downey says:

    I love those early morning skates,brothers for life friends by choice.

  17. kathy downey says:

    I had four sisters and we are all the best of friends but we had to say goodbye to one,i miss her so much

  18. It was wonderful to see the picture and hear how the middle son kept an eye on his little brother and helped him when the younger son fell down. There is usually a strong bond among children. They will have spats but unite against anyone outside of their family. I love this experience you shared with us.

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