My brother is ten years older than I am and he has always been and always will be my biggest hero. I have always looked up to him. He is good at everything, he's super smart and he has never let me down. I on the other hand have been a bit of the black sheep of the family. He has never made me feel bad about it. I was never great in school and he would encourage me to follow a path that made the most sense for me, not go crazy over what felt like everyone expected of me. I get discouraged easily when I don't do something perfectly the first time (like he does) but that is ok too. He has helped me understand that we all take to things differently and I should always look forward to the outcome, not dwell on how long it takes me to get there.

When he left for college I was so sad. I was seven. I though I was never going to see him again, he was only 4 hours away, lol. We wrote letters to one another(this was 1984 people. No home PCs, no cell phones) and we have both kept them to this day. He spent most of his summers off traveling so that was more time that I wasn't able to see him. He would assign his friends to take me places while he was away. They became my surrogate brothers in a way. They would take me to get ice cream or to a silly kids movie that I bet they secretly wanted to see anyway. One of the best times I had with one of my "brothers" was going to a local ski mountain for summertime Alpine sliding. My brother made sure someone was always keeping an eye on me and making sure I was having fun when he couldn't be there with me.

Now that we are older our relationship is just as strong. Of course we live different lives and have our own homes to deal with but he is still my hero. I chose not to have children and he has an amazing boy with his wife. I try to be inspiring to my nephew. I don't know that I will be the hero to him that my brother is to me but I love the little guy to pieces and love spending time with him. I know it means a lot to my bro that his son an I have a great relationship as he has no brothers or sisters to confide in. I will do my best to keep being a cool "older sis" to him.
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Apr 25, 2015