Oh siblings! For those of us who have them we’re familiar with the ups and the downs of living with a brother or sister. This post was inspired by my awesome brother, even though we live half way across the world from each other, keeping our relationship strong is still so important to me.
Reflecting on the past
It’s kind of weird because with my brother and I growing up, we didn’t really have to talk to each other to know that we could be there for one another. It was more of an unspoken thing. My Dad always told us that as brother/sister, we should always love each other. We both took the time to get to know each other, like really know each other. We did normal sibling things together: I bugged him, we played video games and watched movies, you know, normal. And then when I was around eight years old, he became very ill. He was bedridden, high fever, couldn’t hold any food down, and it scared me so much that I never left his side. I remember my Mom making Jell-O. Anytime he couldn’t hold food, she made Jell-O. I remember it was red (kind of strange I remember the color). Helping my mom take care of him, and bringing him back to health really made us close. It sort of became a habit after that to be there for him, I would even pick up his room for him (mostly because he was a slob!).
It’s been a few years now since the both of us have been married. With that, the communicating and bonding have changed. I’m in Europe, he’s in the States. Nevertheless, we still communicate. One way we stay together is by playing Xbox online (Call of Duty). We laugh and joke around still, and we get the chance to talk about more serious topics (video games FTW!). We miss each other, but that’s okay because when we meet back up after a long period of time, it’s like we just saw each other an hour ago.
Remember to thank your sibling
I know I can count on my brother for anything. He worries just as much about me as I do about him. I can still remember the day he called me when I was in California. I got into a bad accident (no broken bones, fortunately!). He just kept asking if I was okay, what happened, am I still in the hospital, what did the Doctor say. He noticed I was sad and scared, so he started making jokes, telling me how he was, and that everything would be okay. Had we not taken the time to get to know one another, we wouldn’t have the relationship we have today. I know in the future when I have kids, I will look up to his example on how our children should treat each other. Protective, loving, and caring.
I am very happy I have the big brother that I do and that I took time to spend time with him and for that we are closer. Just remember that even though they may drive us nuts sometimes, we take away so much from having them as our siblings!
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