Deep in the heart of our noisy family is a pair of green-gray eyes that miss nothing, a smattering of freckles, and a strong, creative voice that can usually be heard belting out Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” or giggling loudly with her friends on FaceTime. A self-proclaimed artist, she loves to draw and write, and watch Rosanna Pansino’s “Nerdy Nummies” cooking show on YouTube.
Sage is the third of four kids, surrounded by brothers. She keeps the door of her bedroom firmly closed to all dogs and boys, except her dad, and when I peek inside I find her sitting at her small desk in the corner with a pen in her hand, her long, dark hair hiding her earnest concentration. I wish she’d tie her hair back.
Her drawings, poems and stories are full of the sugar and spice of 9-year-old girls, often with a small twist or a quietly shrewd observation that reminds me just how much those eyes are noticing.
At the end of the school year, when she was still 8, she presented me with a “How To” manual created as a class assignment:
How To Deal With Brothers by Sage Gilbert
Do you have a brother? Do you want to know how to deal with him? High School, Middle School, Little, Older, College, Baby? Older or little married or not married? Twin? Then this book is for you! I can help you handle difficult times with your brother.
With baby brothers, you want to help your mom, and play with them as much as you can because soon they won’t want to play with you.
If they go to the same school as you, then it is okay to talk to them. Little brothers love you, but sometimes they are mean to you.
Twin brothers try and want to mock you. So if they do, ignore them. They also try to annoy you.
If you go to the same school as your older brother do NOT talk to him! This is for all kinds of older brothers.
This is for all kinds of brothers. Turn on your audio so that you can record what they say to you. Then you can show your parents.
Middle School Brothers
You want Middle school brothers to notice you so annoy them. If that doesn’t work then hide from them or tap them repeatedly.
High School Brothers
High school brothers are normally very grumpy, so ignore them. You want high school brothers to notice you, so annoy them. And if that doesn’t work then tap them repeatedly or hide from them.
For College brothers, you barely ever see them, so my advice is to have good times with him while it lasts.
These guidelines have been published with permission of the author.
This is a Finish the Sentence Friday post, inspired by the prompt, “I Wish I Knew…” Hosted by Kristi from Finding Ninee, and co-hosted by Mardra of Mardra Sikora and Jill from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals.