Dear Younger Bro, Thank You For Teaching Me...

Dear Younger Bro, Thank You For Teaching Me...

He's not just someone I can blame or get in trouble with; he is my best friend.


"Back to hospital now!" is what I yelled as I stomped my foot on the ground. I was maybe two or three years old but this memory (also captured in a photo) serves as evidence that I wanted my younger brother to be brought back to the hospital after a few weeks of being born. I was sick of him already, stealing my spotlight and all.

Fast forward to almost twenty years later, and the tables have turned. He has become my best friend and I would not want anyone else by my side, sharing my spotlight.

1. Thank you for teaching me how to have fun (mainly making fun of you).

Part of your role as my younger brother is to let me make fun of you whenever I want. Thanks for letting me, because you have no idea how much I laugh at funny photos of you doing something embarrassing, like falling into a bush on a bicycle or flipping over a fence at Legoland. Thanks for teaching me how to have fun and make family memories that I will cherish forever.

2. Thank you for teaching me how boys operate.

Seriously, if I didn't have you to teach me and show me how boys work (i.e. NOT replying to texts or CONSTANTLY eating and sleeping), I might be the most frustrated girl on the planet. But thanks to you, I cut guys some slack.

3. Thank you for teaching me video games.

Yeah, I wanted to see what the hype was all about too. It turns out I might be the world's worst Fortnite player but hey, thank you for playing with me and being patient as I learned to drink the minis first, before the chug jug. At least I am decent on the Wii.

4. Thank you for teaching me how to laugh at myself.

Those that know me, know that I can be very hard on myself at times. Thanks to you making fun of me, but also making me laugh, I can learn to laugh at myself too and not take everything so seriously.

5. Thank you for teaching me how to be more relaxed and down-to-earth.

Not only can I be hard on myself, but I can also be very high-strung. With your easy-going personality, I can learn to chill, rely on God, and realize everything falls into place. You, on the other hand, could probably learn from me and get on top of things (i.e. Falling asleep on your homework, while listening to "Shoota" by Playboi Carti, probably isn't the most productive you could be).

6. Thank you for teaching me what good music is, and liking the same songs/artists as me.

On that note, we do enjoy the same music which makes car rides a whole lot easier. Thank you for bonding with me over the fact that Gunna, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, J. Cole, and Migos are some of the best artists out there. At the same time, Taylor Swift isn't that bad either. ;)

7. Thank you for teaching me trust (this includes gossiping with me/letting me vent).

I really can't trust anyone else, but I know I can trust you if I tell you anything or vent to you about someone. Thanks for listening to me and giving me advice, even though it isn't always what I want to hear.

8. Thank you for teaching me how to argue.

When we fight, we both turn into lawyers. Thanks for teaching me how to best argue when I KNOW (not think, KNOW) you are wrong. This will be useful for the future!

9. Thank you for teaching me basketball/working out with me.

I am so incredibly proud of you and excited to watch your college basketball career take off. Thank you for sharing the passion of fitness with me, working out and teaching me how to hoop (because we all know I ain't gettin buckets on my own).

10. Thank you for teaching me patience and answering my calls/facetimes.

It is hard to be away from home at college sometimes, so thank you for picking up when I want to talk. Thank you for being patient with me, listening to me, and just being there when I need you most. I love seeing your egg-head on Facetime, so thanks for bringing a smile to my face.

11. Thank you for teaching me what it means to be the best brother ever.

You are my best friend and number one supporter (most of the time, anyway). I am grateful to God for you and am excited for your bright future. Just know that whatever spotlight you are in, I will be there too since you took part of mine 17 years ago.

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10 Things I Hope My Little Sister Knows

Love you, little sis.


Hey little one,

First of all, thank you. Thank you for laughing at my cheesy jokes, for singing your heart out in the car with me, and for never failing to make me smile. I have loved you for your whole life, and, as your big sister, I hope I was able to teach you a few things, to let you in on a few secrets. This is to you. Here are a few things I hope you know and don't ever forget.

1.You are so, so incredibly loved.

Mom and dad love you more than you know, I love you like you wouldn't believe, and you have a God in Heaven who loves you more than you could ever possibly imagine. No matter what, you are always and forever loved. You have so much adoration and support surrounding you, please don't ever be afraid to fall.

2. I love you, but stop getting taller.

You are my little sister. People are starting to think it's the other way around. I can't introduce you as my “little" sister if you're taller than me.

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3. Learn from my mistakes.

It is no secret that I am far from perfect. I have made mistakes, and I pray that I am always brave enough to share them with you, so that you can learn from them. I hope that you can see my mistakes as stepping stones, placed out over the mess, that you might bypass some of the obstacles I've had to face.

4. He's cute. But you are still way too young.

I don't care if you're 15 now, you will always be my baby sis. I'm not sure exactly how long it will take for me to be OK with you having a boyfriend, but today is definitely not that day.

5. I get jealous of you. All. The. Time.

You're an awesome athlete, and I am so proud of you. But so help me if you break another one of my school records.

6. You will always have me in your corner.

I will always be your biggest advocate, and I won't ever let you stand alone. I will stand up for you until the end of time. Never doubt that I am on your side.

7. You are exceptionally good at irritating me.

You know every single pet peeve of mine, and you know the perfect ways to drive me crazy. But you are also exceptionally good at making me laugh.

8. You are beautiful.

Please, please, please hear me when I say this: You are gorgeous. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your smile and spark light up a room. You will hear things that will hurt, and you will be told lies designed to break you down. Please try your hardest not to ever listen to the pressures of today. Your uniqueness makes you special. You are you, and that is beautiful.

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9. I am always, no matter what, without a shadow of a doubt, here for you.

I may be away from home now, but I will never stop being on-call for you. Call me at 3 a.m., text me in the middle of the day. Come to me with your fears and with your hopes. Come to me in your happiest moments, so that I can laugh with you, and come to me in your saddest moments so that I might wipe your tears away. I will never stop standing behind you with open arms.

10. Even when I don't say it, I love you more than anything.

Sometimes we argue. Sometimes we don't get along, and sometimes I am not the sister you deserve. But please know that I love you more than anything. You inspire me constantly, I couldn't possibly be more proud. I love you little sis.

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9 Things You Hear Growing Up As An Only Child

No, I don't get lonely.


Having no siblings definitely has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Most people jump to the conclusion that you're spoiled or were an accident since your parents didn't have other kids, but being an only child is actually amazing. While my parents didn't give me every single thing I wanted, they taught me lots and I did earn everything I got.

1. Don't you get lonely?

Well, no, I do have friends. It also helped growing up when technology wasn't quite exactly where it is today. Everyone would play outside or with each other as opposed to behind a screen, and it kept everyone more connected. It also taught me that it's okay to spend time alone and it can actually be refreshing.

2. Do you wish you had siblings?

Occasionally growing up, the thought crossed my mind, but I never dreaded not having siblings.

3. Do you get everything you want?

Haha! Not even close!

4. You must be spoiled

With love, definitely. I might have gotten more than if I were to have a sister or brother, but my parents definitely taught me how to work for what I want.

5. Why didn't your parents want more kids?

When you do it right the first time, why would you need to have more? It just isn't what my parents wanted, but it worked out just fine.

6. Are your parents stricter since there are no other children to focus on?

I wouldn't say that fact alone makes a parent more or less strict. Yes, there were more eyes and focus on me, but my parents still allowed me to do things with friends and have freedoms.

7. What's it like being an only child?

I wouldn't consider it anything special. It was just how I grew up and I think I had a pretty good childhood.

8. You must not like to share

You're right, I don't. Who does? But it doesn't mean I can't or don't know how to.

9. Are you close with your parents?

Absolutely, and I love it!

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