My mom reassured me that I was going to be okay and would do a great job in taking care of my brothers, though I thought differently as I soon began to realize how much my life would begin to change weather it would be for the worst or for the better. All sorts of thoughts flooded my mind, negative and positive as my head started spinning and I felt like I needed to lay down from all of this stress that was taking over me from a simple favor my mom had asked me for.
It was about half an hour after school had ended and I had walked home from the bus stop, I was ready to relax but definitely was not ready to do my homework. A couple of minutes had passed as I was sitting watching television in my living room when my mom came towards me and asked me if I had started my homework yet. In my head I had told my mom, "do I really had to do it?" but of course I wouldn't say that to her face so I told her, "no not yet" she replied with a nod and told me to hurry and do it. Thinking that she was done, all of a sudden turned and with pleading eyes she asked me for a favor. A favor I didn't know was going to change my life forever.
My mom proceeded to ask me if I would be okay with taking care of my younger brothers while she was at work, I stood there not really knowing what to say. A sort of puzzled expression glossed over my face as I acted as if all was okay, I proceeded to say "of course mom" with a forced smile. In my mind I told myself I was overreacting and that it wouldn't be bad but I still couldn't help but think about all the activities I wanted to so badly do after school knowing that by the start of next week I wouldn't have such time for any of it. For my mom though, I would do anything for her even if it meant that I would have to grow up faster.
It was now Monday, three days after my mom asked for the favor of taking care of younger brothers after school. I was used to sometimes taking care of my younger brother Ethan but only for 5-10 minutes now that my youngest brother Mikel was born I have two responsibilities for 5-8 hours. Thinking about it all still made my head spin as I was only 11 at the time. I got off the bus and walked home like usual, opened the door, put my backpack down and prepared for my fussy and annoying younger brothers. My mom thanked me again and again until I finally saw her car pull out of our driveway. I turned and saw Ethan looking at me with nothing but a grin as I heard my youngest brother start to wake up. I reminded myself not to be so dramatic and suck it up.
I soon began to realize as the hours passed how hard it must be for my mom to take care of both my brothers when i'm at school. I began to think about how all my friends are playing sports or doing any sort of after school activity while i'm stuck at home taking care of my younger brothers. "What sort of 11 year old does this?" I thought to myself and began to think about how from now on i'm going to have to grow up a bit faster than my friends. Though that terrified me it also made me a a bit glad for some reason.
My mom finally got back home. I could see in her eyes how tired she was and slowly started to realize how much she has and does sacrifice for us. If I were to complain to her about not wanting to take care of my annoying brothers it would just tire her our even more. Something I didn't want, so when she asked me how they behaved and how it felt I simply told her, "they were a bit chaotic but nothing I couldn't handle." With that my mom's eyes glistened and a big smile formed on her face, I told myself that this was exactly why I agreed to her favor. Just to see her happy even if it was stressful for an 11 year old.