Thursday, February 10, 2011

In praise of younger brothers

see, cutest child ever
My little brother is 6 years younger than me, my god he's not even 40 yet, how is that fair!!. He was the cutest child in the history of the world and I loved him SO much. Growing up we went through the usual brother sister struggles and in our teen years and into our 20's we didn't get along so well. Then at some point, I don't even remember what year it was or how old I was or where I was living, he asked if I would help him out, he asked to move in with me. Now for him to ask that, he had to be in dire straights and I knew that and at the end of the day, no matter what happened in our past he is my brother and I love him. So he came to stay for a while.

cutest E V A R
In that time we got to know each other outside of the labels put on us by our family and ourselves. We got to know each other as friends and gained respect for each other in ways we never thought possible. I finally understood why he did some of the things he did, well not all but a lot, and I think it was the same for him. I also discovered he was a very cool dude. He's an amazing musician and can really sing. I can play piano (when I practice) but I only sing when I want to torture people (or his girlfriend feeds me A LOT of booze and makes me play American Idol with her). He is funny as hell and probably one of the best 4 cooks I know. The others are my mom, my sister and my stepmother, now wouldn't that would be an interesting head to head competition.

cool in the 90's
We were beyond silly. We'd sing each other Finnish sauna songs that we learned as kids,laughed at old stories from our youth and we started playing Go Fish in French. "Escque tu have any trois mon frere?" I know, not funny to you but we were crying from laughing mostly because neither of us know how to speak French. I reminded him constantly not to piss me off cause sleeping on the balcony would be very cold.  That's right I don’t have a balcony!! Growing up in the same house meant we were exposed to the same music, we both have extremely varied taste in music, we love it all. We both love beer and red wine. I was actually very sad when he left. 

Over the years we have remained close, well I think we are still close even though I don't see that much of him, certainly not as often as I'd like. We've had our ups and downs but no matter what I'll always be there for him, we can always play Go Fish in French little bro. 

In the last little while he has jumped on the working out bandwagon and is kicking some major ass. I can't convince him to do a tri with me (yet) or a half marathon (maybe?) but he is looking like one bad ass muthatrucker. (see I'm trying to be polite). 

20 minutes ago, yikes

He is also very protective of me..


I wouldn't mess with him..

or me..

That's all I got..


Matty O said...

He probably can't do a tri for a couple reasons...

1. When he swims, his shoulders are too jacked that he can't get a full stroke in.
2. The bike would crush under him.
3. When big dudes run, they run with their elbows flared out (cause they are big dudes)... meaning, anyone within a five foot radius of him would be eating his elbows haha.

I am a big dude... I don't mess with girls with protective brothers... I learned my lesson back in college HAHA!

Maybe I need to politely tell you to get off your ass and workout!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay for younger brothers! The pics of him when little are adorable.

I would *love* to know what a Finnish sauna song sounds like...

Also, lmao at your go fish in French.


Anonymous said...

Awww, you brought a little tear to my eye!! You have that same special relationship with your Borther as I do with mine...and today is my Brother's B-Day, so it made me just little bit more!!
We are very lucky to have Brother's like we do...not a lot of people can say that!

She said I need a goal said...

Matty, OMG you made me laugh and laugh!! He is enjoying how you give me a hard time, YOU never have to worry about that.

D, I will sing you the song on the weekend.

Heather, Happy Birthday to your brother! Is he single? Is he cute? just kidding!!!!

Mark said...

Hey there #1 sistah!

The boyz and I are heading to Home Depot this weekend. wanna come with? should be an epic time!!

p.s. Love the comment Matt!!! lmao

She said I need a goal said...

Hi little brother!! I will get back to you on the Depot situation. Now make sure you 'follow' the blog.. I need more followers and I did dedicate an entire post to you.

Luff you too much!

Mark said...

Luff ya right back :)

I just need to be bigger than in that pic.. I still look

LMK about the depot!! The boyz and I will be a waitin! :)

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Dede said...

Yay for jacked up little brothers, they're awesome for keeping men in line. I still talk to male friends of mine that are STILL terrified of little Eggy.

Mark said...

We are awesome!! :) lol
We are here to serve and protect!

Bryan Payne said...

Wow, he looks like a strong dude. Nice having a big little bro.


Caratunk Girl said...

Wow. He looks like a super strong guy!! I wouldn't mind having him be my back up! :)

JohnP said...

pfttt I could take him. Blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back.

But that's only cuz I can undoubtedly run faster. I hope. Lets not test that theory. hah!

Great post, I'm sure he'll lay the beatz down on you for posting his kiddie picks. I can't believe u dug those up lol. Big sisters suck! :)

Julie said...

Wow...just wow....

Mark said...

Thanx for the strength compliments but, I'm not as strong from all the weight lifting for the last year, as much from changing truck tires on the sides of highways for 18 years. This just gives me a little extra size:)
Johnny, I would never be mad about my sister posting my kid pictures, just telling kid
Where would us lil brothers be without awesome sisters. I remember back in the day, when I was a young lad, both my sisters would pummel anyone who would mess with me..lmao.
isn`t that cool.lmao
Ahhhhh Good times!!

Pamela Hutchins said...

Your little brother is a bad azz! I love this post. I have a little brother who is now 42 and his wife is about to have their first child. He is a bad azz, too, a Cobra pilot in the Marines and commanding officer of a squadron of 600. But tell your brother, that while mine is buff, he sucked it up and did a half mary. Lean muscle is even better than bulky muscle, baby. :)
Did I mention I loved this post?