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BIG Brother, BIG Sister - Welcoming a New Baby into the Family
I became someone new the other day.
I think it was started by my Mother.
You see, my name has always been Jacob,
But now she always calls me “Big Brother.”
I never really thought about my name
After all, I am only four
But everything seemed to change the day
Baby Lara came through our front door.
There were all these strange people at our house
But most of them seem to know each other
I guess they know me too because
They A-L-L keep calling me “Big Brother.”
Back when I was Jacob, I didn’t have many chores
And I thought that was just fine,
But now that I’m “Big Brother,”
It seems I’m busy all the time!
“Get me the phone my dear darling,”
“Will you hand me Lara’s burp cloth, too?”
“Put this in the trash sweetheart”
And I was handed a diaper full of poo!
Also, back when I was Jacob,
I could be as noisy as I could be.
But now that I’m Big Brother I hear
“Can you quiet down Sweetie?”
I don’t know why I have to be so quiet
When Lara makes SO much noise
She cries and cries and burps and farts
And has a billion musical toys.
This “Big Brother please help me” and “Please pipe down” stuff
Went on for quite awhile
Then one day I noticed something weird
Baby Lara began to smile.
It seemed as if over night,
Lara wasn’t a baby any more
She could walk and talk and laugh
She was no longer easy to ignore.
So I did what every Big Brother should do
I showed her worms and bugs and bees.
We played on swings and with toy cars
I taught her how to climb our big oak tree.
It seemed I was finally Jacob again
And I could spend my days doing whatever I wanted to,
No more chore filled days, filled with whisper voices
No more throwing out diapers full of poo!
Then one fateful day, Daddy called us into the house
He said there was some big news from Mother
And you’re not going to believe it
She said I’m going to be another Big Brother!
"Aw crud!" I said to myself,
I was just getting used to being Jacob again,
So I took Lara aside, and tried to explain
That everything was about to change.
That even though we know her as Lara
There’s a new baby coming home
Soon everyone will call her “Big Sister”
And work her fingers to the bone.
Lara starting looking scared and very concerned
And as if she was going to cry
I told her not to worry
Because no matter how hard they try…
To change our names to Big Brother and Big Sister
We will always know each other
That I am Jacob and she is Lara
And soon we’ll both have a brother.
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