By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family will be on vacation through the end of this week. I will be posting an occasional new story, but for the most part we will be re-posting columns that ran over the last year. Many will be strictly educational while some will about remind us of notable victories this legislative cycle.
When I first saw this You Tube video, I instantly forwarded it to my son and daughter-in-law who at that point had a 3 ½ year old daughter and eight month old son, and to my wife. The video is, in every way, a classic, and makes you want to laugh and to wipe away a small tear.
The video (which has had millions of views since it was posted ) is barely a minute long. It starts with an obviously inconsolable five-year-old Sadie saying, “WHAT?”
A moment later, between sobs, she leans over and kisses her baby brother on the top of his head. Her dad begins to ask, “What are you…” to which Sadie responds, “I don’t want him to grow up.”
Mom quickly adds, “Do you want him to stay little forever?
Sadie: “Yes, he’s so cute.”
Mom: “Because he’s cute he makes you cry?”
Sadie (switching topics, but maybe not) “And I don’t wanna die when I’m a hundred.”
Mom: “You don’t’ want to die when you’re a hundred…”
Sadie continues to cry and then looks over at her brother whose head has been bobbing along in time. There is this slight pause, and with perfect little brother timing, he smiles back, bemused.
This prompts Sadie to cuddle him once again and assure him
“Oh, you are so cute.
“I love your cute little smiles.
“Oh, my gosh. I want him to stay little.”
As the father of four and the grandfather of two, can I identify with that sentiment.