When Mr. and
Mrs. Hughes had their first baby, they were the proudest parents in the
village. They put him in his pram and walked down the street. “Everyone,
come and see our baby boy. His name is Hamilton Hayden Horatio Hughes
and he's beautiful.”
to see the baby. “His eyes are brown, like coffee grounds.”
“His nose is
round and perfect.”
“His lips are
happy and plump.”
“His hair looks
like golden strands of sunlight.”
Mr. and Mrs.
Hughes were as proud as could be.
Mr. Hughes went to work. Mrs. Hughes stayed home and played with
Hamilton Hayden Horatio. They played with blocks, they played peek-a-boo
and made sandcastles in the sand box. When Mr. Hughes came home, he
played with the baby. He'd take him outside and show him the birds and
flowers and squirrels that ran up and down the willow tree. They loved
their little boy and he loved being the center of their life.
One day Mrs.
Hughes told her husband they were going to have another baby. She was
excited and so was he. They told Hamilton Hayden Horatio all about the
new baby sister he was going to have soon.
When the baby
girl was born, they named her Amelia Anastasia Annabelle Hughes. When
they went for walks, everyone came up to the pram. “Oh, what a beautiful
“Her eyes are
bluer than the sky.”
“Her hair is
shiny and sparkles in the sunlight.”
“Her skin is
soft and her chin is dimpled.”
anything to Hamilton Hayden Horatio. Nobody told him he was beautiful.
They ignored him and paid attention to his sister. He wanted people to
fuss over him, not her.
One day while
Mrs. Hughes was washing dishes and Mr. Hughes was in the yard pulling
weeds, Hamilton Hayden Horatio went into Amelia Anastasia Annabelle's
She lay in her
crib smiling and trying to hit the mobile dangling in front of her.
“I don't like
you,” he said.
She smiled at
him and went, “Goo goo ga ga.”
Whenever he said
anything, she repeated those noises. Hamilton Hayden Horatio didn't know
what that meant so he asked his mother. “Mama, what does goo goo ga ga
Anastasia Annabelle's way of saying she loves you. When you speak to her
she loves you so much and wants to tell you, but she can't speak yet,”
Mrs. Hughes said.
Horatio felt his heart swell with love for his little sister. She loved
him. At that moment he stopped being jealous and realized he loved her.
From then on he asked if he could push her in the pram. Mr. And Mrs.
Hughes let him. When people stopped to say things like, “She's
beautiful, isn't she cute, or how adorable,” Hamilton Hayden Horatio
“Yes, she is,”
he said and tickled his baby sister's feet.