What I have learned going through life
as one of seven children
is that brothers are a valuable asset.
An older brother is a guide
when you begin dating
and won’t hesitate to tell you
which boys are bad news
and one that you absolutely should not go out with.
An older brother won’t hesitate to warn a
potential boyfriend what their fate will be
if they ever get out of line.
Younger brothers are a valuable asset as well,
for when you tell a potential boyfriend that you
can’t go to the drive-in unless you take along
your two younger brothers and they don’t object…
You know that this could be a potential boyfriend
and you are in fairly safe hands with two younger
brothers sitting in the back seat.
What I discovered much later in life is that brothers
(and sisters, too) are fantastic travel companions.
Who knows you better than your brother?
Who finds the same kind of restaurants and hotels
and places of interest more to your liking than a sibling?
Siblings, I found, are the best companions with whom
to travel. Who else but a brother has your best interests
at heart? Who else can you reminisce with and tell stories
about your childhood–and never get tired of hearing
the same stories over and over again. And who better to that that
journey with than a brother?
Sandra Lee Smith/originally written 2009