My husband and I settle in to watch our favorite college football team, and just as they fall behind by a touchdown the phone rings. It is my brother.
"Aww, that's too bad about that touchdown, isn't it? It looks like the Longhorns aren't going to win this one."
We are both in our thirties with families of our own, and yet nearly twenty years after moving out of our parents' house, my brother still finds time to pick on his little sister.
There is something about the relationship between a brother and a sister that somehow transcends time and space. I grew up watching my father tease my aunt, and now I watch as my own children navigate what their relationship will be. My daughter is older than my son, and certainly this changes the playing field, but the rules seem to be the same. Brother finds something that upsets sister. Brother makes a mental note that this will get a reaction. Brother finds the absolute worst time and then brings it up, driving sister to tears.
But there is also something magical about the brother/sister relationship. My parents are just beginning to reach the age where we worry about the decisions they'll be making for themselves. It means the world that I'm able to pick up the phone and talk to my brother about my concerns just as he can to me. We also love watching our children together, especially our boys who are less than nine months apart.
I know that someday my children will be there for each other in the same way. In fact, when I look past the way my daughter yells at her little brother and the way my son picks on his big sister, what I really see is two best friends. They share so many amazing experiences from Christmas morning to trips to Walt Disney World to glances across the dinner table when I make them try a new vegetable. The day will come that they'll take comfort in each other the same way my father and aunt do, and yes, even the way my brother and I are there for each other.
Just not when the Longhorns are playing...
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