Yesterday was my little brother’s 14th birthday. Thing is, he’s not really my “little” brother anymore.
Before he was born, I was adamant about my desire for a little sister. So much so, in fact, that I may have thrown a tantrum at the ultrasound where they noticed his… other parts. Of course, in retrospect, I’m glad I don’t have a sister to share the spotlight with… I rather like being the “pretty” one. ;)
Fast forward to the day before he was born. I whispered into my mom’s belly, “Come out and play with me!” And what do you know, the like always-obedient brother he is (ha!) he did, two weeks ahead of schedule.
I guess I’ve known since then that my days as a “big” sister were numbered. Well, I mean, I think I had some delusional belief that I might stay taller than him until I was about 11, when I realized that that was not likely nor desirable. My dad’s 6’3″, my mom’s 5’4″… Genetically, it wasn’t gonna happen.
I’ve been joking for years about how I knew I’d come back from college some time and he’d be bigger than me. But it still snuck up on us, his insane growth spurt. This is us in Italy this summer… I’m clearly just a teeensy bit taller.
And then three short months later…
My dad, of course, eggs him on, saying that since he’s bigger he should be the big brother. I told him he wasn’t worthy of big brother status until he could lift me. Well…
But regardless of who’s physically bigger, we all know who’s boss. I summoned him. I call the shots. ;)
And regardless of how big he gets, he’s still my baby brother. We may not talk very often, but only we know how to put up with our parents, how to appease my mother, and mess with our dogs. Only I have sat through countless hours of Barney and Teletubbies with him, and only he has put up with my brief spats with my mother.
And while I’m not home, again, to celebrate with him and bake him things, I’ll be thinking of him and wishing him a happy birthday and good luck on his regatta this weekend.
Happy (belated) birthday, Big Brother. Only you could make that face with me. :)
Tell me about your siblings! :) How many, what kind, how old, cute? Single? (kidding… mostly ;) )