In my case, I would have to argue that having a brother is the best thing! One day, I’ll experience what it’s like to have a sister join my family -God willing- but for now I will continue to appreciate and enjoy the sibling relationship I’ve been blessed with: a brother and sister relationship.
And what better time to reflect on it than on my brother’s birthday? Yes, today’s his special day! He’s pretty much been the best brother I could ever ask for…and though we both know a foreign language, we actually know two: the language we sometimes speak whenever we’re together. I have to reflect a little on the past year because it has been full of adventures! It’s also the end of a mini era. You see, I like to say that one of the best years of my childhood with my brother was when we were only 4 (me) and 7 (Nathan) years old. That was the year I started remembering tiny details in my memories. I don’t remember another as a young girl being as fun or having laughed so much. And, what’s more, we weren’t just having fun being the crazy brother-sister pair that we were, we had adventures and we went places. I vividly remember playing outside at our old house and rolling down the hill, chasing each other, doing voice impressions and taking a supervised road trip out to our grandparents’ house. Our most challenging obstacle was the most ruthless ride at the Knox County fair: the Zipper. Neither of us was brave enough or tall enough to ride it, so no worries there. It was and has always been the thing we’ve yet to conquer when it comes to our grandparents’ county fair.
|Nathan’s 10th (?) birthday. This was the year we, unfortunately, got lice at the same time. 🙁
Now, fast forward to last December. When I reached my 24th birthday, I caught up to him. Well, let me explain. I feel like our epic ‘4 and 7’ year was repeated again 10 years later and now 10 years after that, when we were 24 and 27. I’d argue that this has been our best year together so far. We started my 24th birthday off by going to Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I desperately wanted to spend my birthday (at least once) out of the USA and Nathan had recently gotten his passport. What reasons to go? We had a fun time on our first international [road] trip together. We also enjoyed Windsor a lot the short time we were there and would love to go back again someday. Little did we both know that that was just the start of an exciting year being 24 and 27, twenty years after the epic ‘4 and 7′ period. The two of us traveled again this time returning to our grandparents’ very snowy, sleepy town in Northeast Nebraska for Christmas. We haven’t seen snow there in over 15 years. It didn’t matter though because we got to be kids again when we played in it! And….we rolled down the big hill with our cousins in the snow! If you ever get the chance to do that, it will be the most refreshing activity you’ll ever do! haha But, WARNING: rolling down the hill when you’re 4 and when you’re 24 are two completely different experiences. I remembered it being less of a gravity-altering experience when I was 4. Maybe your equilibrium changes as you get older? I’m not sure. All I know is that after rolling down the hill for the third time, I was so dizzy I felt drunk! (And for the record, I have never been drunk but I’m sure that was fairly close.) But….I have never laughed so much and so hysterically in my life! At that moment in time, there was no other place I’d rather be than lying in the snow with my brother and cousin nearby, laughing our heads off! 😉
|Nathan and I in sunny Madrid, España and in front of the Alfonso XII monument in Retiro.
|Después de tapas en la mejor bar de tapas en Triana (Sevilla): Las Golondrinas!
But, as amazing and wonderful (and short) as our time together was in Spain, the fun didn’t end there! We would see each other for the third -out of four times- this year during this month! Our cousin in Iowa was getting married and we had plans to be there for the festivities! I flew up to Ohio and then drove out to Iowa and Nebraska with my parents and Nathan. We all haven’t made one of those road trips out that way in about three years. And, if memory serves correctly, we haven’t made this trip in the fall let alone in October. What’s important about the month of October is my parents’ anniversary (29 years!!!) and my brother’s birthday. What’s shocking is that I haven’t been home in the month of October (for either occasion) since 2006, my senior year of HS! This also means that the last time I saw my brother during his birthday month was when he turned 21! Yes, it is crazy, I know, haha. I’m glad that I was able to reset the clock so to speak on that counter and that I was able to attend the wedding in Iowa as well as have a short visit at home too. And…the last big thing about that week and weekend was this: the last time we were at a Willats family wedding was when I was 3 and he was 6! We had fun during our uncle’s wedding (because we were in it, haha) but all of us only have a handful of memories from the day. I have even less. But, with her wedding, we will remember the beautiful ceremony and all of the fun times afterward at the reception! Also, it was another time in the past year where I have never laughed so much at one time! It was a great end to a great year of me being 24 and Nathan being 27.