Zac was 4 when his twin brothers were born and was nearly 5 by the time they came home from the hospital. The older he's gotten, the more curious he's become about their early struggles. He's now 10 and has an amazing appreciation for what they overcame. Below are several examples, all part of 3rd-grade classwork. (They are typed up as-is, followed by scanned versions of the originals)
Students were asked to write a true story and provide a one-page illustratration. Here is what Zac chose to write about, without ever telling us he did it; we found out when the entire class album was sent home.
My Brothers' Miracle Surgery
It all happend five years ago, when my brothers were born four months early. They were the size of Beanie Babies and they needed surgery or they would not survive. Their arms were so skinney you could fit a dime all the way down their arms. A few months after they were born it was time for the surgery and the docters said, "They might not survive through it." My mom, my dad, and I said goodbye to them, but the surgery worked and they lived!! HORRAY!! I was as happy as someone curing world hunger.
Their names are Jake and Josh and they are now very healthy.
By their brother,