Why I'm Thankful For My Little Brother

Why I'm Thankful For My Little Brother

Getting To Be A Big Sister Has Made Me A Better Person
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When you think of little brothers, what do you think of? For me, I think of one of my greatest blessings. The adorable redhead that changed me from the baby of the family, to a big sister at age seven.

Now here we are, nineteen and twelve, and he’s still one of my favorite people in the world. Tonight we went on a sibling date, and I was reminded of how fast he’s growing up. My once baby brother is now in middle school and spent the evening talking about movies, music, school, and clothes. So this post’s dedicated to him. The boy with the big heart and the best smile in the world.

He’s always up for having fun

My little brother will never say no to hanging out with me, and I love that. He’s always down for a car ride, where we jam out to rap music, and have a complete karaoke/dance party. He’s always up for hikes with our dog, going shopping, or the obvious one- getting food.

He’s my unofficial sidekick

Let’s face it, as much as we’ve had to tolerate them, they’ve also had to tolerate us. How many times has my little brother went shopping with me, patiently waited in the dressing room, and then honestly told me what looked good on me. (I know, he’s an amazing brother!!)

He has taught me about patience

Little brothers LOVE to test your limits. They are great at being the most annoying person in the world, because they know exactly what drives you crazy. After all these years, I can honestly say thank you though. Thanks to my little brother, my patience has tripled over the years, and I’ve learned a few things about handling annoying people.

He has taught me so many things

Thanks to my little brother I now know more about cars, sports, and video games than I ever dreamed I would. Without him, I never would have become an ace at racing games, understood football, or learned what cars were “good” and “bad”.

He keeps me young

My little brother is constantly reminding me to remember my inner child. We laugh over stupid jokes, ride dirt bikes, chase each other around the house, and watch Disney movies. He reminds me that being joyful and young at heart is just as important as being mature and serious.

I’m so thankful for my little brother. For every moment that he is annoying, he’s also kind-hearted, funny, honest, tough, and smart. Getting to be his big sister has made me a better person, and I'll forever be thankful for him.

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For The Little Brother Who Grew Up When You Weren't Looking

No matter how grown up we are, you will always be my little brother and I will always be your big sister.

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When we were younger, it was so much easier to see you as my baby brother. I think it is because you were so little and innocent. I will always think of you like the tiny little boy with big brown eyes. I always have felt the need to protect you, but I think that is just part of being a big sister. I would get so mad if I heard anyone being mean to you. Nobody was allowed to be mean to my little brother except me because let's be honest I was probably the meanest person to you, but that is also just part of being a big sister.

If I am being completely honest, my favorite thing about you was the fact that you did EVERYTHING that I told you to do; you were like my little robot. Somewhere along the way, you decided to grow up. You went from being a foot shorter than me to a foot taller and I realized you didn't need me to protect you anymore. In fact, it went from me protecting you to you protecting me. What is the worst part of you growing up? The fact that you don't do ANYTHING I say anymore!

Being able to watch you grow up into your own person has been the most amazing experience. At some point, as we were growing up you went from my little brother to my best friend. When we were little we did everything together because we had to, but now we do it because we want to. It was hard going away to college because I had to go from seeing you every day to seeing you every few weeks. It is even harder now that you're in college because I see you even less now.

Being your big sister has made the best version of myself. I have always strived to be the person that you can be proud to call your big sister. You have always been my biggest supporter, you always listen to all my crazy ideas and tell me if they get too crazy. You aren't afraid to tell me the truth when I really need to hear it. Sometimes it feels like you are the older sibling because I find myself coming to you for advice; you always know what to say and when to say it. Thank you for reminding me of my self worth and reminding me of what I deserve in life. I am forever grateful that God blessed me with a little brother like you. You are my sunshine, I love you to the moon and back.

P.S. I also just wanted to say that you are so lucky to have me as your sister. I may have been a little mean to you, but it gave you character. If you didn't have me to teach you how to treat a girl you would be single for the rest of your life, so you're welcome for that.

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