A letter to my brother...

Monday, May 13, 2013

June 1st my baby brother will be graduating from Spalding University.

Seriously? I was FOUR when our parents told me I was a "sister to be"...

Holy moly, Kyle...where has the time gone? Weren't you just 12 like...yesterday? What kind of sorcery is this? Little brothers aren't supposed to be old enough to be college graduates. What happened to this cool little dude?

As the big sister, I feel like I should share my life's lessons with you but I struggle to come up with anything original.

I have made good decisions, bad decisions, decisions that have occupied a moral "grey space" in between and occasionally I have decided to not make any decision at all and just roll with the punches until life made a decision for me.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is that there is no "rule book" for life. YOU are the one in charge of where you go from here. The road will be full of obstacles and ups and downs, but if you're willing to work for it, you can do anything you want to do. Well...almost anything! I don't mean like "Oh you can fly if you believe in yourself like you're freakin' Peter Pan"...I just mean that you have the potential to be whatever. You just have to work (and sometimes struggle) to be the you that you want to be from here on out.

Always listen and try to take advice from those willing to give it...but no matter what advice you receive in this life, or how anyone tries to guide you down your path, experience is the greatest teacher you will ever have! Show up for class! Get out there and learn some lessons! Fail a couple tests...it's all good. How else are you going to learn?

Ok...away from the "life lessons" crap!

Through the years I've held you in my arms as a baby...looked down at you as a child...then eye level with you as you grew up...and in the blink of eye I now have to look UP at my "little" brother.

I am so very proud of the man you have become. You are smart, hysterically funny (in that dry, quick witted kind of way you are) and an all around fantastic brother, son, grandson and friend! I can't tell you how often I look back at the years we grew up together and I smile and laugh and remember how close our bond is! People would tell us all the time how unnatural it is for us to get along as well as we do but we never thought it was weird...that's just how we roll! :)

What can I say? We're kind of awesome!

Congrats on being a college graduate! You've earned it and you deserve it!

Three things...more important that anything else I could possible tell you:

1) I love you with all my heart!
2) I will always be here for you!
3) There is nothing or no one that will ever change #'s 1 and 2.

Love you little bro!

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