30 Reasons I Am Thankful For My Brothers

30 Reasons I Am Thankful For My Brothers

The list of reasons a girl with two brothers is thankful for that she would never admit.
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Being the middle child and only girl between two boys taught me a lot growing up. Here are 30 reasons I am utterly thankful for them now.

  1. Thank you for rough-housing with me and always being ready to wrestle. You taught me how to hold my own.
  2. Thank you for playing house, daycare, school, and Johnny Appleseed with me.
  3. Thank you for riding bikes with me and running home to get Mom or Dad when I fell off.
  4. Thank you for racing me. I would not be nearly as competitive without you guys making me this way. “If you ain’t first, you’re last” – Ricky Bobby
  5. Thank you for fighting, arguing, questioning, and challenging my every word and move some days.
  6. Thank you for playing lava with me on the furniture.
  7. Thank you for watching "The Brady Bunch" and "Rugrats" with me. Even though you thought I acted like Angelica.
  8. Thank you for pretending you were "Spy Kids" after we watched it.
  9. Thank you for letting me use your Max Steel and G.I. Joes as Barbie’s boyfriends.
  10. Thank you for jumping off your bunk bed with me.
  11. Thank you for playing Don’t Let the Balloon Hit the Ground.
  12. Thank you for spending hours playing "Spy Fox," "Rollercoaster Tycoon," and "Pajama Sam" on the computer.
  13. Thank you for laughing with me until I couldn’t breathe. Or peed my pants.
  14. Thank you for coming to my dance recitals. Even though I know Mom and Dad made you
  15. Thank you for playing basketball in the driveway every single day. Especially when we all knew it would end in a bloody war.
  16. Thank you for squeezing my hand as hard as you can at Mass during the Our Father …..and still doing that.
  17. Thank you for sledding down Grandma’s steps on sleeping bags. And hiding with me when we got caught.
  18. Thank you for always letting me borrow your basketball shorts, sweatpants, hoodies, and flannels.
  19. Thank you for accepting my imaginary friends as your own.
  20. Thank you for riding the tire swing with me at the park. Even though you both hated it.
  21. Thank you for telling me when I am being a baby or dramatic.
  22. Thank you for begging for a dog and getting one. Even though you knew I was terrified and cried about it.
  23. Thank you for being brutally honest with what you think about everything I say, do, wear, date, befriend, play, and post. Even though it was super annoying, I truly appreciate it now.
  24. Thank you for coming to every sporting event you could attend. And telling me I did well, even when I know I didn’t.
  25. Thank you for attempting to bake with me. Like the time you thought vegetable oil can be substituted for corn syrup.
  26. Thank you for preparing me for middle school, high school, and college. Even though I rolled my eyes and didn’t act like I cared or was listening—I was, and you were right.
  27. Thank you for keeping my secrets and trusting me with yours.
  28. Thank you for knowing everything about me and still loving me.
  29. Thank you for being my best friends. Even though you didn’t have a choice, I’m glad you are both my brothers.
  30. Thank you; much love, broskis.

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Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Here are all the things our phone calls aren't long enough to say.
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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together? It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world. Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening. I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.

Love,

Your daughter

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That Boy Won’t Cure Your Loneliness Or Fix All Your Problems— So Please Stop Expecting Him To

You need to find yourself first and really fall in love with that self before you can find your person and fall in love with him.

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The biggest misconception I had about love is that it would fix all the problems in my life. I inevitably thought love would give me a lifelong soulmate so I wouldn't feel so goddamn lonely all the time.

That happily ever after. A forever ride or die.

Once we fall in love with someone, we experience that euphoric feeling of passion and admiration. It's a great feeling, isn't it? That there's that boy who's all about you, just as you, are heads-over-heels about him. The world seems to be spinning in the right direction, and you suddenly believe that perhaps this boy was your lucky charm, a special omen brought exclusively from the heavens.

This boy knows all your tiny little secrets, calls you beautiful and stares at you lovingly when you walk alongside each other, hand in hand. With him, you feel as if you aren't lonely anymore. That you won't be that sad pathetic girl alone at a New Year's Eve Party anymore. That you'll have this boy to lean onto no matter what.

He says he's all yours, anyway. He puts your number in as "Babygirl" on his phone. He never misses the chance to text you good morning and be the last one to end a conversation before you drift off to sleep.

Let me get real with you, ladies. But this boy probably won't cure your sad loneliness or fix all the problems in your life. He won't become your soulmate, but instead, he's going to be a distraction. He's going to be a lesson, whether he breaks your heart or not.

Because once you start fully depending on this boy for emotional and moral support, he's going to start becoming distant. He's most likely not going to be there for you when shit happens, for one reason or another. He's not going to know what to say when you start crying other than a simple "It's going to be okay". Don't necessarily blame him for that. I guarantee that you're going to start blaming yourself about his behavior. And the more you start blaming yourself for how he's changed, it's only going to distract you from actually realizing the true reasons behind your problems and acting on them.

I know this all sounds a bit startling.

Try flipping the tables and think of it this way:

You just met this amazing guy. He's good looking, educated, passionate and respectful, etc. You have so much fun around him, and you come to fall in love with all his imperfections. But as time drags on, he begins to rant about how miserable school/work is and how much he hates these littlest of things you find a bit ridiculous. Imagine how confused and overwhelmed you would feel if he begins piling that stress onto you, telling you "But dating you is going to make me feel better about _____ since you're going to be here with me through it, right?"

I don't know about you but after hearing that, I would be running away at full tilt.

Now I'm not saying you have to be happy and bubbly around a boy 24/7. I'm not promoting some type of relationship where everything is perfect—of course, you'll come to find differences, have arguments and lean on each other during tough times.

I guess what I'm saying is that you shouldn't have to depend on someone in order to find your way through life or to feel less lonely.

Why should you feel that only a man would have the capabilities to change your problems? We're strong independent women, after all.

In most situations, you will only have yourself to lean on since not everyone's going to be there for you.

A boy isn't willing to fix all the problems in your life by licking your wounds and bandaging them up. Sure, he might be around to express sympathy and hold you when all you want to do is cry. But he's mainly going to be a part of your life to support you. He'll support your decisions and support you for how well you handle yourself. He'll love you for your independence, not how dependent you are. He fell in love with that free spirit from the beginning.

And if he left your life, he may have done so because *news flash* men aren't good with all that emotional baggage. Simple as that. So erase all those crazy thoughts about him secretly cheating on you or being a dick for wanting to end things.

My mom once told me this about love: "You need to find yourself first and really fall in love with that self before you can find your person and fall in love with him."

So, my friends, if you haven't found a boy yet, don't lose hope—he's going to come along.

But you need to find yourself first.

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