Today is his birthday!
I couldn't call him due to my lack of voice from a major allergy attack. Instead of feeling sad about it, I wanted to let the whole world know just how amazing my brother is.
When we were kids he would hide his Nintendo from me whenever he'd leave the house. Being the older sister, I would always find it, and then we'd chase each other. (Sorry Mom & Dad). But when we weren't chasing each other, he would show me shortcuts for Mario-Kart and help me with my math. Yes, even though he's younger, he was already showing the promise for an engineering career.
This kid showed me how to love even when we were angry with each other. He stood up for me when I couldn't stand up for myself, and man can he cut a rug! There have been several football games, plenty of late night conversations, and shared memories of summers in Kerrville. And through all of it, he was unwavering in his love and support.
A few years ago, I went to visit him in Houston to clear my head and figure some things out. He had the 5 love languages posted on his bathroom mirror and this quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
That's the moment that he grew up in front of me. He was no longer the little brother who would hide his Nintendo- he was someone who wanted to share his goals with me and who talked about the woman he loves. In every card I give him, I always write that I am in so much awe of him and all that he has done. But I'm not sure if he realizes that I am the person I am today, because he came into my life 28 years ago.
I dedicated my yoga practice to him tonight and will dedicate many toasts to him this weekend when we all get together. I love you Carter- thanks for being the best little brother a girl could ask for.