When you’re a kid, trying to find your place in the world, there’s always that one person that you look up to more than anyone else. Be it an older student, your best friend, a cousin, or Britney Spears. You look to them for guidance, support and friendship; all of those things that a good role model (not Britney Spears) has to offer.
For me, that person was my brother.
It made no difference to me that he’s six years older and male with vastly different interests from my own. He was always the first person I turned to.
Of course, we fought as all siblings tend to do. What else would you expect? I’d tell on him for something and he’d use me as a moving target for roping practice (not as cruel as it sounds, I promise).
Regardless, I knew I could count on him to take care of me even when he didn’t really feel like it. Looking back, I know there were many, many, many times that I annoyed the hell out of him. That time he had to get on the bus to yell at a kid that called me “stupid”; or when he started coaching my softball team instead of playing baseball for his own; or carrying me around Six Flags cause my legs wouldn’t stop shaking after getting off of the “Dungeon Drop”. Through all of that, I never heard him complain. Nobody wants their baby sister hanging around all the time but he never made me feel like he didn’t care.
I never felt more safe than when I was with him. It didn’t matter if he was driving 100 miles per hour (which never happened, Mom) I knew that he wouldn’t let anything happen to me. I trust him with my life, as I always have. My protector.
He’s always been the strongest person I know. Never giving up, never losing. I learned so much from him; lessons that I could not have learned from anyone else.
Everyone gives credit to the parents for molding them into the person they are; but I owe as much to my brother. Without him, I don’t know who I would be.
I love you, Brother.
“I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.” – Unknown