February 22, 2012

A Birthday Tribute to My Brother

Today I’m sending birthday wishes out to my little brother, who is celebrating a milestone year. Growing up, I was always kind of jealous because, by sharing a birth date with the illustrious George Washington, he never had to go to school on his birthday. What a lucky kid! Fortunately, I’m over that now. And anyway, it’s all been merged together for President’s Day, so there.

I was a proud big sister from the moment I saw him.

For the first few years we shared a bedroom. We were constant companions.

I taught him all the important stuff, like how to ask Santa for what you wanted.

Of course we never fought. He never drew on my dolls with markers or pulled the heads off my Barbies. When my friends came over to play, he always left us alone. You can tell just by looking at him that he was an innocent kid.

For awhile I thought he might want to be a rock star (see the kid in the sparkling silver jumpsuit?)…

…or maybe a saxophone player…

…but he always liked hanging out on the beach the best.

So the next time I'm hesitant to research the siblings of my ancestors, I'll think about all the history my brother and I have shared, and hesitate no more. And now that I’ve embarrassed him as only a big sister can, the only thing left to do is wish him a happy birthday. And many, many more!


  1. Aww. What an awesome birthday wish. As only a big sister could do!

  2. "You can tell just by looking at him that he was an innocent kid." Yes, in that photo, there is only one little devil horn sticking out of his head on the right. :)
    I wonder what record you were all listening to in that one photo. And that giant flower decoration on the picture window... can you tell us about that? You are an awesome big sister. Great post!

  3. You know, I was wondering about that flower thing, too. It was the 70's, after all. And the portable record player...that was big stuff. I'd love to know what was playing! If only my memory would cooperate... Great to hear from you, Carrie!

  4. He is the luckiest of brothers to have such an admiring sister - and one with such precise memories! I hope he had a grand birthday. And you might want to be extra aware on your next milestone birthday, Shelley. He might want to return the favor.

  5. What a nice tribute to your brother. I hope that he realizes how lucky he is. I can only imagine the photos my daughter would pull up and the stories she would tell lol.

    1. Thanks, Shirley. He told me he enjoyed the post, so I'm happy. I shudder when I see some of the pictures of me hiding in those old albums!


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