Little Brothers

“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak” Jeremiah 1:7

I love this verse because it emphasizes that young people have so much more impact on the people around them, with so much potential to serve the Lord than they realize.

So Braden, my youngest brother, is nearly exactly three years younger than me. We have always been close growing up and you could say that we had quite an exciting childhood. Braden was, and still is, the funniest of us three siblings. As I was going through a few boxes of old school papers my mom has kept over the years I noticed a paper Braden wrote, about me. The paper, ripped out of a notebook, was written in 2005 in the cutest little 8-year-old hand writing. I assumed it was part of a school assignment.

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The letter, 2005

It reads:

“Ashton. She has a dirty room, and is almost five feet [tall]. She likes cats. She has a lot of pictures of cats and horses. She has clothes all over her room. She has three pets and one is a fish. She plays softball and is very fast. She writes very fast. She is in 5th grade and knows more than I do. She draws funny pictures. She is way taller than I am, a foot taller than me, that’s tall. There’s one thing, she likes our rabbit. She has blond hair and does not have a boyfriend. She likes the [Texas] Longhorns. I do too.”

That was the cutest little letter I had ever written about myself and summed up my 11-year-old self pretty well! My youngest brother was so observant of who I was and what I was passionate about (although I must add that I do NOT have a dirty room anymore). I hope this little letter gave you as much of a chuckle as it gave me as I reminisced about my elementary years, and a greater appreciation of the precious family members you have around you! Younger brothers really are a blessing from God and can have more of an impact on your life than you will ever realize.

Ashton Darrow

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