For the last (almost) 18 years I have watched that gap narrow. Sam has grown. He is taller than, well everybody. He is just about to graduate. He is nearly an adult. How did it happen? Where is that little brother that I used to tote around on my hip? Now he is the brother who plays with my daughter, has long conversations with me about the world at large. He is becoming his own man.
Yesterday afternoon Eric, Cordelia and I met Sam at the park to take his senior photo. While Eric was snapping away I had time to just look at my youngest brother and marvel at him. He is on the brink of change. What an exciting, and frightening, time. I remember it all too well, even though it was 12 years ago...I hope that he finds real happiness and fulfillment in his life.