Family can be tricky. Sometimes you just need to roll your eyes and say, I'm sure I am just as annoying to them. That is how I have often felt with my brother. I know he finds me annoying. I know he hates that I am 30 years old and I don't make the money that I should make. I know he argues with my parents about it. It took me a long time to understand that this was probably because he cared. He knew I had potential and the same work ethic that him and my dad both have, but I was just not getting the same paycheck to show it.
Many years ago, okay not MANY, but quite a few years ago, Eric married Lisa. This relationship went fast. It was actually quite hilarious. One day my best friends and I stopped at his condo while we were in Westfield so I could go to the restroom, and I ran into her, not knowing she existed. I really just wanted to secretly go see Turbo. Lisa did the impossible. She changed him from an impulsive bachelor to a stable family man.
I am sometimes envious of their perfect family. They have the most perfect little kids, Calvin and Daphne, and the most badass cat, Turbo (seen above). Lisa has incredible patience when dealing with all children and Eric is a doting dad. I was so excited when Daphne was born because FINALLY we had a girl in the family. She didn't disappoint.
I am thankful that this little family is strong and healthy despite the world around them constantly moving. I appreciate the countless hours my brother works to provide for his family. I appreciate the knowledge that Lisa shares with children of all ages. She was gifted with a fantastic noggin and she knows how to share that with the world.
I don't get to see these guys much, but I appreciate the times I do.