I didn’t know the holiday even existed until I started seeing the hashtag circulate on Twitter and Instagram this morning. But, it just so happens I have an amazing big brother, so I thought it’d be fun to share a few of my favorite moments of us together, starting with the one above. It was Easter Sunday (I think—that would explain the outfits) at our old house, which we moved out of when I wasn’t much older than this. One of the things I love about my brother is that he’s a touch sentimental, and he dug this photo up from an album at my family’s house. It’s given us lots of laughs over the years, so he had it re-printed for me. To this day, it’s one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever been given. All of the cheeks!I know technology has gifted us with tons of ways to create a highly styled photo collage, but I’m a sucker for the kind of photos you hold in your hand so I rounded up a few favorites: mocking my scrunchie habit in my childhood bedroom; standing at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa; a family dinner the night of my college graduation; heading to a Red Sox game at Fenway; outside the Hütte restaurant in Helvetia, back home in West Virginia; at our parents’ house before my high school graduation (center); and walking with my Mr. to our wedding venue in September (that’s one of my my most treasured photos).Though not technically a fabulous photo in terms of composition or lighting, this is another one of my favorites because of the story behind it—what I think of as the happiness after the storm. Suffice it to say that my brother was the hero of my wedding weekend, taking care of every little detail, every loose end, and every little potential problem before it arose. And in the midst of a pretty major nervous meltdown about an hour before the ceremony, he was there to make me laugh and calm me down—to look out for me, just as he always has. Thanks in large part to him, it turned out to be the most joyful day of my life.
Happy National Sibling Day to all you brothers and sisters out there! I’d love to hear what makes yours so great!