To My Future Brother-In-Law

To My Future Brother-In-Law

There is no better person to be by my sister's side
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I've always wanted to know what it would be like to have a big brother in the family, and now I'm stuck with you. Totally kidding because you have only made this family better from the day we first met you. You might hate every minute of this article, but it is something that needs to be said at one point or another and why not share my appreciation with everyone else too?

The first thing that comes to mind when beginning this is thank you. Thank you for wanting to join our not so normal family and doing it with open arms. You may be in love with my big sister, but that didn't mean you needed to love the rest of us. Knowing that you do makes my heart and the rest of the family's full of joy. Thank you for taking care of my big sister and making her blissfully happy. I knew the day would come that someone would take my job of taking care of her and you did that quite well. I mean I may be the little sis, but we all know she needs some taking care of here and there.

Thank you for being patient and kind with her and helping her find her one true love. She may not be the easiest girl from time to time but you make it seem as easy as can be. Thank you for being the one to always be by her side through thick and thin and loving her for all there is. All I have ever wanted for her is to be happy. With you, I am reassured that will always be the case. You will always have her appreciation for you and what you do, but know that I will always appreciate it just a little bit more. You took my big sister, my favorite person, my one true friend and my "other half." I'm the lucky one that she happened to fall into the right hands.

But enough of about her. I mean this is about you, right? I guess the thank yous continue as this piece goes along because you have done more than just be a great guy for her. You have taken me in with open arms as well and allowed me to be a third wheel on multiple occasions (a great one may I add). I was very lucky that you not only liked to be with my sister, but me as well. Thank you for letting me stay involved in now what is both of your lives and not just hers. It may be frustrating to you at times that we are such close sisters, but it means a lot to me that you take the time to include me as well.

Thank you for being a big brother I haven't had and looking out for me if/when I've needed it. You too have become a best friend and nothing will change that. You've showed me what true love is by watching you and her together. You have showed me your hard work ethic through your schooling and dedication to everything in your life. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family as you are a part of ours.

Most of the times we have together are in good laughter and fun, but I wanted to make sure that you knew just how much you meant to me and the family. We all know the wedding will be one of the best anyone has yet to see, so I figured I would cut the sappiness part of my speech down to a few sentences and share the rest in advance. I cannot wait to be a part of both of your lives and see you two grow together. There is no better person to be by my sister's side and we are lucky to have you in our family. The world better watch out, because next year the power couple will 'officially' begin reigning.

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlyn Hall

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

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.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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