Narrator, Part 3 With this quote, the narrator looks back on the events of the past with the wisdom that he has only acquired after the fact. Doodle, though, does not see things the way his older brother sees them.
He probably died because he was so scared because his brother left him.
It is this disappointment that leads him to push Doodle as hard as he possibly can while teaching him to walk and do other activities, since his pride cannot handle the disparity between the brother he wanted and the brother he got. The "kindest thing I ever did for him" part of the quote also suggests that the narrator was not particularly kind to Doodle throughout his short life, and that he might regret not being kinder.
So they got him a coffin for him in case he died early.
The narrator at last recognizes the harm that his pride has brought about, and, upon connecting him to the fallen scarlet ibis, finally treats him with the fragility and care that had been missing all along. The storm symbolizes Doodle and what happens next in the story.