Keeping It Real

Ever since Edgar came into our lives–on 3 November 2005, to be exact–he has not wanted for compliments.  Between his big blue eyes and sweet, infectious smile people understandably and not at all unreasonably feel compelled to sing his praises–that is, all except for one person.

Oscar lets his brother know regularly just how hideous, uncivilized, horrifying, and filthy he thinks he is.  (Note:  These are, of course, Oscar’s words and are not at all condoned by his very appropriate parents.)

Lately there has been talk of Edgar’s getting glasses–something his eye doctor has slated for March 2010.  So, Oscar, in perfect brotherly fashion, picked up Edgar’s new monkey, held it up, and proclaimed with elder fraternal authority, “Edgar, this is exactly what you’re going to look like when you get your new glasses–ugly!” 

I don’t know whether or not Brad Pitt has a brother, but I am going to assume that if he does, he has had to field his fair share of ego-checking commentary from him.  And if I had to guess, I would say that this truly is one of the benefits of a sibling relationship:  Our brothers and sisters never let our heads get too big–and that is a very good thing.

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