Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

It doesn't seem so long ago that you were just a baby. And now here you are, happily married and turning out to be a great father, with a beautiful little baby of your own.

Thirteen reasons I'm so happy I've got a *little* brother:

1. I got to practice mothering at the age of 11 without actually having to give birth.

2. I had a little boy to bring along to all the kids movies I wanted to watch as a teenager.

3. I always had an eager shopping companion, as long as your homework was done (yes, and I've already apologized to your wife for creating a shopping monster).

4. You were always so ready with your hugs and smiles while I was going through my teen/young adult angst - even as a little boy your were so sympathetic.

5. You took the parental pressure off of me as you got older. What a relief.

6. You gave me an excuse to borrow the car as I hustled you from lesson to lesson.

7. You thought my music was cool growing up. And now you keep me younger by keeping me in tune with some cooler music.

8. You never felt like a fifth wheel even when Ian and I took you out on some of our dates.

9. You've been a great little brother to Ian, even though unfortunately (as you put it as a 9 year old), you eventually did grow as tall (or even taller) than he is.

10. You've always made me laugh with your wonderful sense of humour.

11. You fascinate me with your fascination with kitchen gadgetry. You are an amazing cook.

12. You are a wonderful uncle to my kids. And not too bad a son to our parents ;)

13. You make me so proud. To be your sister.

Happy Birthday Baby Bro!!


Kami said...

Awww, Karen, this is a dynamite tribute to your brother.

Happy Birthday to Karen's brother.

Pst... now I wish I had a little brother :-)

Anonymous said...

This is a really cute TT!

#2 and #8 remind me of my own "little" (he's much taller than me) brother :)

C said...

Oh my gosh! Karen, you made me cry with this post! Your relationship with your brother reminds me so much of my relationship with my Baby Bro!!

I'm an emotional freak these days.

BTW, it was so funny! My aunt was telling my mom, "I heard C is going to be in Toronto soon and she didn't even tell me!" LOL! She said she found out through you! It cracked me up. I usually stay with my aunt, which is not too far from you. This time, however, I think we will be in TO only for the night because......


We'll be in TO on the 3rd, leaving on the 4th at 6AM and then returning on the 11th. I will plan a lengthier trip next time :) We sooooooooooooo need to get away for a bit. Can't wait!!

gmcountrymama said...

That is beautiful. I can only hope that one day my daughter will feel the same way about her brother.

Wakela Runen said...

Wow! That was a really lovely post! Now I wish I had a younger brother :-)

Sandy C. said...

Oh Karen! That was so sweet :) You are both so lucky to have one another.

Jeff said...

Nice to see siblings who truly love each other. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

Maria said...

Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I really loved this post. I'm going to show it to my 14-year old so she can realize how lucky she is to have a younger brother. Actually, some of these things make me feel lucky to have my daughter, like an excuse to see some movies! The Cure! The Smiths! I love them. And I completely forgot about New Order. How about Depeche Mode?

Maria said...

That was so sweet! :)

C. K. said...

Awww - that's so sweet, Karen. I love my sister, and I couldn't imagine living without my sister. I never thought I'd feel the same way if I had a brother.

Then again, I'm so tomboy. I suppose my sister had me, and that's enough for her. :)

dkuroiwa said...

Aren't little brothers the best!! Of course, there were times when I thought waaaay different, but...the good definitely outweighs the bad!!! Gread post!!

Oh..and to are going to LOVE the Dominican!! I spent 3 weeks there a long time ago and it was just wild!!! have a great time!!!

Melissa said...

What a nice way to say happy bday!

Kat said...

That's so sweet, I love it! I missed out being an only child. And that baby... omigod the cheeks.

Don Mills Diva said...

What a sweet post - happy birthday to him!


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