Today, I am often reminded of the struggles my brother must face on a day-to-day basis. I flinch when people say "that's gay" or "faggot", because I know sometimes, my brother has to hear someone say that, too.
The relationship that siblings have with each other is vital to their character development, their sense of personal history and even the happiness they feel in old age. A positive relationship with a brother or a sister in childhood will result in a best friend for life.
Old family roles die hard.
1. You have an endless supply of baggy sweatshirts and oversized polos to borrow. 16. You have a built-in partner-in-crime
To be sure, some siblings never get over their childhood dramas -- a situation that causes pain for the parents. But many do
Currently in his second term as a Cincinnati City Council member, P.G. is especially interested in education and helping working and middle class families achieve financial stability -- but that's stuff you can find out by looking at his website. What I can tell you is what it's like to be his sister.
In late December, in the shadow of the hospital where my daughter was born, we buried my oldest brother. He was nine years older than I, and he led a troubled life. But as I said at his graveside, mustering the few words I could before breaking down, 'You made me laugh. You were my brother. I love you.'
One thing about motherhood that continues to amaze me is the way my children are conduits to my own past. They'll be doing something mundane -- brushing teeth or making flowers out of Play-Doh -- and BAM! They'll toss out a remark, or tilt their head a certain way, and just like that, I'm transported to the days of Toughskins and Mary Janes.