Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Flashback: "Stand Next to Your Sister."

It's been a few months since I've seen my big brother and I've been thinking about him a lot lately, especially when I see the girls playing together, laughing together, watching cartoons together... all the same things I did with my own brother when I was young.

Not to mention, I find myself constantly saying, "Stand next to your sister," something my mother said countless times as she snapped photos of the two of us as kids.
Dan and I are just under two years apart, same as my girls. In school, we were only a grade apart, resulting in us having a lot of the same friends, as well as being in a lot of the same classes together in high school.

Sometimes this was good. For example: I like candy bars and often Dan would hand me a 3 Musketeers as he passed me in the halls, or drop a Butterfinger on my desk while on his way to his own desk (sometimes the desk next to mine, if our teacher was into the whole alphabetized seating arrangement thing) .

Sometimes this was bad. For example: I'd study my butt off with my tutor for a geometry test or a science test and then Dan, who NEVER studied ever, would get a better grade. I found that slightly (read: VERY) annoying.
Dan was a football player in high school, and I was a cheerleader. Whenever he'd make an awesome play during games, all the other cheerleaders on my squad would scream "GO DAN!" extra-loud for him.

Teachers called me "Little Myers." Or just "Dan Myers' sister."

Or, when I was in second grade and had the world's most horrible haircut, I was frequently called, "Dan Myers' brother."

Mostly by Dan's friends, though. I did not enjoy that.
When we were in college, we worked together at a daycare during the school year, and as camp counselors in the summer. He'd always help me plan sport activities with the kids on my sport day and I'd always help him plan art activities on his art day. And every day we worked together with our room full of kindergartners for Kindercare.

He organized an after school street hockey team, called the Thunder Cats, with the elementary schoolers at our daycare. I organized an after school cheerleading team, called the Thunder Kittens, to cheer his hockey players on.

Its funny looking back... I hadn't realized just how close we've been our whole lives.

When I got married, Dan got an online certificate so he could perform our ceremony. When Gracie was a baby, he moved in with us for a few months. My girls adore their Uncle Dan and I can only hope they grow up as friends like Dan and I did.

It's sort of weird not seeing him very often anymore, but tomorrow we are all off to Austin to visit my family and we'll all be seeing Uncle Dan. The girls are very, very excited and I'm looking forward to seeing my big bro, too!


Have a flashback of your own to share? Join in the fun over at Tia's blog!

Have a great weekend!



AlyGatr said...

What great pictures! Seriously, I swear I'm looking at Annelie in those pics of you when you were very little. Just when I thought I knew a lot about you, I had no idea Dan did your wedding :) How cool. I don't know if being two girls will change that dynamic. I know my sister and I had our...challenges. I can only hope Amelia and Merrick are that close.

Denise Felton said...

Thunder Kittens! Yes!

I always wanted a big bro, and I always thought it would be just as you described. Instead, I had 3 little bros and a baby sis. Not. The. Same.

Ashley Sisk said...

I wish my brother and I were that close - we used to be and I miss that. I better give him a hug this weekend when I see him.

CourtneyKeb said...

That was so sweet! I always wanted a big brother for that reason!
Have fun this weekend!!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

You are so cute. I love every single picture you post of yourself!

Jonathon Arntson said...

What an adorable post.

Kearsie said...

This is such a great post!

Also, on an unrelated note, that last picture of you standing next to your bro whilst he was graduating? It looks like one of those Face in Hole pics. I totally think I could put my head on your body and be standing next to your brother.

Kelly said...

Awwww, what a sweet post about your brother!
I love that he gave you candy bars in high school. My older sister would walk by me in the hall and yell, "Take that off! I didn't say you could wear my shirt!" :)
Awesome pics! Have a fabulous trip to Austin! Enjoy some great family times!

The Momma said...

Awwww!! That's makes me miss my "baby" brother. He's 5 years younger and we hated each other growing up, but we get along good now except that we live so far apart. Hope you guys have a fun weekend!

Kelly Warren said...

what a wonderful story! my sister and i are 10 years apart so we were not close growing up. finally now, as adults, we are! and i can't tell you how many times i said "stand next to your sister" over the past week while we were on vacation. :-)

Christopher And Tia said...

I want a brother, now!

Being an only child, I feel like I missed out on so much, sometimes.

Those pictures are all AMAZING, though. I like the one of you two in front of the tent, the most.

Melissa said...

This post is so sweet! How wonderful that you've been able to remain close. :-D

MrsDragon said...

I love hearing those kinds of stories. My brother and I were too much alike for our own good and fought like cats and dogs. We get along much better now that we don't live together. ; )

Much More Than Mommy said...

Sweet, sweet, SWEET! How great that you and your brother were so close!!

Dee said...

Such a beautiful post!

Laura Pauling said...

Great pix. And I was the younger sister and was always called, "Little Dudley". But my sister and I are still really close too. Have a fun visit!

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