A Letter To My Brother...On The Eve Of Your Wedding
I remember the day you came home from the hospital. I remember being so excited when I saw that red forerunner pull into our driveway. I had waited (what felt like forever) for you to be born and you were finally home!!! And you completely changed my life for the good. I know I may have only been four but I was very aware of the impact you had made on my life.
We never really fought. I can't remember a time when we weren't talking. Obviously we argued over the years. We are two very different individuals and we have very different personalities. But our difference in opinions never caused us to stop speaking to each other. Mom always told us, "You will be each other's only brother and sister so you better be good to one another." I think we have done a pretty good job at that. I hope we continue to treat other with love and respect. As you embark on this new journey in your life, I hope you always know how much you mean to me.
I always imagined this day would come but I guess I never really thought about it in detail. Maybe I was always too sensitive to the idea of "letting you go". You are a grown man after all, but I still see you as that little boy with ringlets and overalls.
I pray that you and your new bride will be the happiest of couples. I pray that you will love each other every minute of every day. Never go to bed angry. Always say "I love you" before saying "good-bye" or "goodnight". Forgive easily. Laugh a lot. Split the chores. When the toilet paper is out, grab a new roll. Always make time for dates. I know you and Erin both hate spiders so I would highly suggest getting an exterminator.
Just like mom would tell you that I am the only sister you will ever have, she is the only wife you will ever have. Treat her the way you have always treated me, only better.
I will always be there for you no matter what. Don’t forget where you came from and please don’t lose your sense of humor. As you go off and start your new life don’t forget the ones who love you back at home. I’ll miss you greatly but I am extremely happy for you.
I love you, Tyluuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrr.