My Brother’s 24th Birthday …

Well I thought I’d bring you something a little different today … I’ll be posting my usual Monday Links on Tuesday this week … as today is my Brother’s 24th Birthday … I can’t believe he’s actually 24 now … I still feel like I’m 20 myself half the time so the idea that he’s 24 really knocks me back to reality …

Anyway I just wanted to share a few things … starting with one of the first memories I can ever remember is asking my parents for a baby brother … and at the age of 3.5 I got my wish …

12431737375_94b41b8847_oMy parents told me when I first went to the hospital to see him I was more concerned about having my Mum back and wanted to leave him behind for the nurses to look after him … clearly I’d forgotten I wanted a Brother …

12431897333_9f1ea46287_oI loved having a baby to play with and my brother was actually quite an easy baby compared to me … I loved to hold him and always wanted to help when it came to bath time … I was also rather protective of him too …

12432236834_bd7846236d_oWe have alot of memories growing up together … lots of happy ones and quite a few involving arguments … we were typical siblings growing up with plenty of fights … but we always had each others back if someone else tried to pick on us …

12431772185_885232331f_o 12450531573_5567a10ab8_oI remember a time in Primary school where I was being picked on and bullied by a couple of girls in my class … my brother decided to take matters into his own hands and got into trouble for calling them names because they were being mean to me … at the age of 6 it was the only thing he could do to stand up for me … I only found out when he was pulled into my class to be told off by my teacher …

12451641773_728a657525_o 12450552983_031f2b92ce_oHe doesn’t look too happy below when I stole his pool side crib for my own nap …

12450507603_ec6342d247_oWhen my brother was really young and used to get nightmares at night he would crawl into my bed and sleep next to me … usually he’d be gripping my thumb in his hand for reassurance … I used to get annoyed by it sometimes but now I look back on it and feel grateful that he was comfortable enough to come to me when he was scared and needed comfort …

12450944854_a45c32a7a6_o 12450893364_67bb0b83dd_oThe two of us are complete opposites in terms of our personalities … he’s so laid back he may as well be horizontal where I like to be really organised … he’s usually running late getting places and I always like to be early … I love to plan things where he prefers to just go with the flow … I always know where I leave things and he is always misplacing stuff … All of this has led to plenty of arguments over the years …

12450595274_533af25859_o 12450349865_fcde2aba1e_o 12433018903_cf6a7285f3_oWe played together constantly but half the time it ended up with arguments … so sometimes our parents would split us up into our own rooms and forbid us from talking to each other … after not very long … we’d sneak out to come up with a plan to say sorry to them and get them to forgive our arguing so we could go back to playing games again … we wrote quite a few ‘We’re Sorry’ notes to our parents over the years …

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But even so we both have always been there for each other … as we have both gotten older our relationship has evolved into more of a friendship … where we both can confide in each other or ask the other for help if we need it …

12451981544_e4e6f67436_oI do miss my little brother who used to go along with my crazy imaginary games … and he was the cutest baby … now that we’re older he gives me these massive bear hugs so tight I can barely breath …

Five years ago we went on a two week holiday together along the East Coast of the USA … It was a real test for our sibling relationship and we somehow managed to get through those weeks without a single argument … I forgave his messy and forgetful tendencies and he didn’t fuss when I was constantly nagging him to hurry up …

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12743279405_fc2f795f27_oEver since then our relationship has gotten stronger … and with me living away it’s meant we actually try to make the most of what time we do get together … If he is in Dubai (even if only for a couple days) he makes an effort to put some time aside to spend time with me … even if we don’t do anything except talk … and when I’m back in London I try to make time to spend with him …

mg_8564-1I’m very proud of my Brother … and of everything he has achieved over the last few years in particular … even when he’s unsure of where he is heading I now he will eventually find his way … mostly I am proud of him for never giving up …

Happy Birthday little brother … and here is to many more years …

Till next time …

Mina X

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