To My Baby Brother On His 18th Birthday

To My Baby Brother On His 18th Birthday

I guess you're not so little anymore.
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Congrats! You're legal!

Well... sort of. You can vote and buy lottery tickets, but you can't drink. You're also a legal adult in the eyes of the law, so remember that next time you go out and do crazy stuff with your buddies. It's almost a little bit scary, right? You can get in all of this trouble AND you're going to lose your hour-long breaks at work, but I promise you it isn't that bad. Don't get too nervous yet.

Even though this year is one of the scariest of your life, it's also one of the most amazing. You're getting ready to start the next chapter of your life!

You'll start taking some college classes soon and before you know it you'll have a full-time job. Your friends won't be far behind you. You'll all be able to go on adventures outside of our little hometown and you'll find yourself doing things you never would've dreamed of.

Keep an open mind at all times and don't be afraid to try new things.

I will always be here for you when life gets rough. Being your big sister is one of my greatest privileges, I'm so blessed to have you as my brother.

Even though we hated each other for the majority of our middle school years, I'm glad we've made it to where we are now.

You are one of my favorite Snapchat streaks, my most heartwarming phone call, and my most loving hug. I hope you always love "The Polar Express" and playing with our little cousins. I hope you always keep that goofy smile on your face while you tell silly jokes and stories about crazy people in the grocery store.

You have filled your 18 years with love and you have brought happiness to everyone close to you. Your sweet heart and kind spirit are worth more than you know in this world, and they will take you so far. Thank you for being the sweetest, most generous, most loving, and all around best little brother that anyone could ask for. I love you so much, Bubba.

Happy 18th birthday.

Cover Image Credit: Leigh Anne Hardwick

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If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

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