In honor of National Sibling Day which was last Friday. I wrote this post two years ago.
Growing up I had a best friend that was always in my corner, always had my back, looked out for me, gave me the best advice, and consoled my aching heart, that person still does all of those things and is still my best friend, that person is my brother!
My brother and I have always had an extremely close bond, and a lot of my favorite memories include time spent with him. He is 11 years my senior, and I have always looked up to him. Growing up I admired his “coolness,” his denim jackets and plaid shirts, his taste in music, his love of horror movies, and how he was a natural-born leader.
Most of my childhood friends had crushes on him, and now that we’re adults a lot of my friends are in awe of his intelligence, which I find humorous. Don’t get my wrong, my brother is highly intelligent, why do you think I always seek him out for advice? But, I’m used to my goofy, dorky, always-making-me-laugh, big brother. The qualities I adore most about him are the qualities I love the most in people.
My brother and I have so many great memories and since today is National Sibling Day, I thought I would share a few of those with you!
Hot, pickled cauliflower and a loaf of bread
I’m not sure why, or how it even started, but my brother and I would sit and eat this really spicy cauliflower right out of the jar. We would eat so much of it that our mouths would burn, and we would have to have 2 or 3 slices of bread just to calm the heat, as our taste buds were on fire. We laugh about this now, but it’s a memory I will always hold very dear to my heart.
Thunderstorms and the front porch
My parent’s front porch was always my favorite part of the house, along with many others. I have countless memories on the porch with friends and family members. It’s where I sat at my dad’s feet watching him play guitar, it’s where I shared ice cream cones with my Grandma Bateman, it’s where I would sit while my Aunt Nancy would braid my hair, but one of my all-time favorite memories on that porch is sitting out on summer nights, feeling the cool breeze whip through my hair, feeling the cool mist from the summer rain on my face, and watching the lightning light up the night sky, while the thunder reverberated through my core. All the while, talking and laughing with my older brother while he too, enjoyed watching the storm. Man, I miss those days so much, and I think that’s why my next house WILL have a great porch where I can sit and watch it storm, hopefully, with my brother someday!
Horror Movie Nights
My brother made the BEST stove-top popcorn. I’m not sure what he did, but I still distinctly remember the taste of the kettle pot, the salty, melted butter that covered every single popped kernel. No one else has ever made popcorn taste so good. We would spend every Friday the 13th watching Friday the 13th movies, we were lovers of Stephen King films such as Pet Sematary, The Shining, and Cujo. I think part of that was because our mom was a HUGE Stephen King fan. We would spend so many nights curled up on the sofa watching horror movies, and I would get so lost in the story that I wouldn’t notice my brother sneak away to flip the light switch on & off, or pound on the other side of the wall to scare me. To this day I am a horror junkie, and I have my brother to thank for that too.
As I mentioned I have MANY favorites, and if I listed them all it would take you months, maybe even years to read them.
My brother has helped shape me into the woman I am today. I owe so much of my personality to him. If you know him at all you will find pieces of him reflected in my sense of humor, my tastes in music and movies, my love of cooking, and wanting to help people. We even share a lot of the same facial features.
So in honor of National Sibling Day, tonight I will raise a glass of wine to honor the man who has and always will be the one constant in my life…
My confidant, my best friend, my brother! I love you, Jason!
What are some of your favorite memories with your sibling(s)? I would love to hear about them!
Love & life lessons,