29 September 2012
A Toddler for an Older Brother
“Our siblings’ push buttons that cast us in roles we felt sure we had let go of long ago: the baby, the peacekeeper, the caretaker, the avoider.” This quote by Jane Merksy Leder describes my six foot two inches, oldest brother, Brad. Growing up in a household with six children, Brad, being the oldest, has always been the trouble maker. He is and always has been putting people up to do bad things behavioral wise. Although he is twenty-five years of age and married, there are times when he can act like he is a three-year-old child again.
Family day trips are always a blast, but Brad always has a “special way” to make the day even more enjoyable. By “special way” I mean that he does random things such as crack jokes about my family and Ellen, his wife, or turning into a three year old child and getting all jumpy and excited to play. Over summer, my family took a trip to Camelbeach in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. When we were at Camelbeach, all Brad wanted to do was go into the wave pool and play for hours. We started to walk around to go to the water slides. As we were walking, Brad’s correctional officer side came out and he was very protective of me, making sure I was at his side at all times. This surprised me because my brother’s usually personality was him being a troublemaker but I guess on the inside, he was a teddy bear. As we slid down slides, you heard brad’s deep, loud, and rough voice let out giggles and squeals. The day at the water park came to an unfortunate end when the park had to close due to an atrocious thunderstorm.
After Camelbeach, my family decided to go to the Tannersville Outlets to do some shopping. While we were at the outlets, my brother decided that he wanted to look at just about every store, showing his obnoxious side. After we finished shopping, we started to head back to our cars. As we...