Of the five Weilert children, none are quite as different from each other as Ethan and Michael.
Ethan is 10, likes an orderly life, is organized and thoughtful. Michael is 6, and he’s none of those.
“Michael is sweet and cuddly, he’s just really impulsive and doesn’t quite understand consequences,” said Amber Weilert, mother of the clan. “Michael is … impulsive.”
And energetic. Just ask his grandfather.
“Before I got a wheelchair a few months ago, Michael would run up, give me a judo kick and then run off,” Richard Rasmussen said. “I couldn’t have caught him with a motorcycle.” The Weilerts live in Parkland, and the boys are both students at Brookdale Elementary School. The family says Ethan is Michael’s “guardian angel.” It’s a job the older brother takes seriously. “I look out for him,” Ethan says simply.
It turns out that little brother Michael has epilepsy.