The Brother I Never Had
Everyone has that special someone in their life that has influenced them greatly. Whether it’s a relative or a friend. One of the biggest influences in my life is one of my uncles named James, in a way he’s like my brother. I realized this when my uncle moved out of my mom’s house live in Pittsburgh. He was there for me when things got rough; the sad thing is I can’t exactly say the same. Still the realization of my actions has made me more aware of the importance of family, and the big impact James has had in my life.
There was a point in time in which James lived with my mother and I. During this time James and I automatically became best friends. My mother worked a lot of hours during the week, so it was just James and I occupying the house. What made my uncle James so special is the big brother, little brother relationship we had. Growing up as an only child it was hard to express myself to my family; I could only do that with my friends. This is because my family is from Sierra Leone, and I was born in the United States. That culture clash made it difficult to be real with them. James; however was not born in the United States, but was young enough to attend an American high school. So he really adapted to the American culture, so we could relate. I would always ask James for advice, and usually get an effective response. In elementary school, I would always procrastinate when it comes to school assignments. Luckily I had James by my side to help me with my homework and other school work. I can recall countless times when James would take me out, just hang out. He was the coolest person in my own perspective. Sadly I knew eventually he was going to move out, and when he did I was devastated. I felt like a parent sending there kid off to college for the first time. Even when James left, we still kept in touch and hung out during holidays. James moved to Pittsburgh, and later got engaged.
The wedding took place in the summer...
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