I have often said over the years that Joe would have been perfectly happy being an only child. A big part of that, I'm sure, is that Alan needs more than a little extra attention and consideration in almost every aspect of our life.
This past weekend Alan had overnight camp and Joe had prom so this was the first time Joe got to experience home life without his little brother. By early Saturday morning, Joe was saying how odd it was without Alan around. He didn't say how nice it was (which I was half expecting) just that it was weird/different/unusual.
It was nice for DH and I to be able to both be there for such a huge event in Joe's life and Alan had a blast lying in the pine tree at camp. He came home more than a bit sap covered and very tired but happy to be home. He was making his cooing/talking noises all night last night!
As for prom, Joe apparently even danced (although probably not well) -- I guess as long as his date didn't mind then everything is OK. It sounds like they had a good time. Joe did say it was better than the Homecoming dance he went to his junior year. I am pretty sure having a date helped.
Then last night Joe says to me, "It is good that we are all home together again."
So does the young man likes his little brother more than he usually lets on or was it just that Alan's absence was a change to the routine? DH says it is probably the latter. I like to think it is the former.