(T-Minus 4) A Thankful Ten Days Before Christmas: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Playing pool/billiards at the University of Maryland Playing pool/billiards at the University of MarylandOnce upon a time, many years ago, when my brothers and I went to the beach for a family vacation, I was lying on the beach, sunbathing, when all of a sudden, I felt cold ocean water being dumped on my back.  A pair of voices appeared.

“It’s a BEACHED WHALE!  Hurry! We need to keep it wet, otherwise it’s going to DIE!”

“Yeah! It’s a WHALE!”

The two little buggers thought their joke was immensely hilarious and were proud of their little prank.  There was a fit of giggles as the two boys scurried back into the ocean, out of reach of my angry lunges at them.

Man, if I hadn’t already grow somewhat attached to my brothers already . . .  *shakes fist in the air*

They’ve since grown a little since then.  I love them regardless of their shenanigans.  So today . . . 

Day -4: I am thankful for my brothers

Growing up, we moved a lot.  From Alabama to Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Maryland, I only had my brother.  We learned to take care of one another, and we grew incredibly close.  When our youngest brother came along when I was 10 and Jon was 8, we were excited to have an addition to the pack.  It was like all the perks of having a pet, but with none of the responsibilities.  And the added perk that said pet eventually began speaking and acting like a normal human being.

Despite their age difference, my brothers are two peas in a pod and get along as if they were twins.  They came to visit me in July with my parents, and while I was undergoing surgery, they wandered Japantown during the Great Ramen Festival.  The two of them showed up that evening with a fat stuffed creature in the shape of a loaf of bread.  It was fantastically cute, and I named it Loaf of Bread, L.O.B. for short.  (LOB sounds like Love.  Get it?  Oh, I crack myself up sometimes.)  It’s sweet.  I’m leaning against L.O.B. now.

When I went home in October, I went to visit the youngest one in college– he’s studying bioengineering at my alma mater, University of Maryland.  It was weird to see someone I saw as a baby grow up to be such a hulking beast.  And such a hustler at billiards.

They’re thoughtful and caring, and I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Even if one of them still acts like a petulant, moody teenager whenever his sister wants to take photos of him in the early hours of the afternoon . . . right after he just woke up.


But he’s a good sport.  Thanks, baby bro!

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