Day 21: Describe your relationship with your sibling.

March 1, 2014

Part of the 30 day challenge series

Hooray!  I love this topic.  Ian, I have one big brother — your uncle Jonathan.  And I’ve written about him in the past on this blog.  And added photos.

I’ve written briefly about how I feel when others wrong him.
I’ve written a memory of us for each of the first 25 years of my life.
And I’ve written about some of the big brother things he’s done for me.

He’s the kind of brother who takes big brotherhood seriously.  When I was in 5th grade and gave a speech in front of the school, I was really nervous and my voice shook behind the microphone.  So my brother sat up taller so I could see him in the audience.  He’s always done that kind of thing for me.  And he still does — even though I’m married and have little roly poly you!  And I still adore him.  Really, not a hard response for little sisters whose big brothers have loved them well.  Taken care of them well.  Stood up for them well.

I love my brother.  I look up to him.  He is one of the smartest, most soft-hearted people I know.  Isn’t he a little rough around the edges sometimes?  Sure.  We’ve been through what’s felt like hell on earth together.  And he’s been through even more than that.  But I know plenty of weather-beaten boats that have passed through all kinds of waters and endured any number of storms — yet they still stand when they pull into harbor.  That’s my brother.  And God knows all about pulling the barnacles off those boats, sanding them, repainting them, and setting their sails for a straighter course.

How to describe our relationship in one word?  To use the slang of my generation, we’re tight. ♥


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