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An Open Letter to My Brother

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David,

I wrote the our sisters one of these when I first started writing for the Kings’ Courier, so I found it appropriate to write you one while my days writing for the Kings’ Courier are coming to an end. I know we often don’t get along, but what siblings get along all the time? All that matters is that we get along when it matters most such as in public, at church, at family gatherings, etc., and I’m sure as we get older we’ll start to get along more often because we won’t have to deal with living with each other.

I know I don’t say it very often but I’m so immensely proud of all the things you’ve accomplished in the past 16 years that you’ve been around. It’s often hard for me to tell you because I’m jealous of the fact that not only are you extremely intelligent, but you’re also good at most anything you try (other than any type of art). I know your goal is to go to Notre Dame or go play baseball somewhere, and I know you’ll be able to do either of those if not even both. You may not know what you want to do as far as a career now, but you’re young and it’s okay not to know quite yet. Whatever it is you’re supposed to do, God will make sure you’ll get there. You just have to have faith in him.

Now I wouldn’t be doing my role as the oldest if I didn’t give you some type of advice, so here goes nothing. As you’ll be entering the life of an upperclassman next year, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind. First, all of your underclassmen look up to you and will want to follow in your footsteps, so make sure to make good decisions that you’ll want to be remembered by. You may not think that you’re leaving that big of an impact, but trust me you really are. The younger kids are watching even when you don’t think they are so be smart about your choices at all times.

This may be hard for you to understand, but your grades aren’t everything. This is high school and you only get to experience it once so make it worth it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t worry about your academics because you should, but you also can get an A instead of an A+ every so often and the world won’t end, I promise. You really need to make sure you’re not just academically involved but also involved within the community, especially if you want a chance at the Lilly Scholarship. If you want a possibility at that scholarship, you need to get involved now within the community. Yes, you’re involved but you need a little bit more involvement.

I want you to play every game these next two years as if it’s your last because you never know what could happen in the blink of an eye. Plus, it all goes by faster than you realize, trust me. And make sure to thank your seniors and appreciate them because you’ll never realize how much they do for you until you’re in their shoes. Also, don’t dwell on every little thing you do wrong in a game because if you do that, you’ll eventually fall out of love with the game.

Appreciate your teachers. They do so much for you and care for you a lot whether you realize it or not. They put a lot of time into making up your tests, your homework assignments, and your lesson plans. I know it may seem at times that they don’t want you to succeed, but that’s not the case at all. Rather, all they want for you is success because your success gives them reassurance that they’re doing something right as your educators.

Don’t take mom and dad for granted. Take it from me first hand; I know I’m not out of the house yet, but in just a few short months I’ll be out on my own without them to do everything for me and that’s kind of scary to think about. Mom and dad do so much for us, and we don’t appreciate them enough. I know saying this is like the pot calling the kettle black, but when mom and dad ask for the little things like the trash to be taken out, don’t complain and just do it.

I know I said this before but I’ll say it again; I’m so proud of the young man you’ve become David, and I know you’re going to do great things. Thanks for always keeping me in line even when I didn’t want it, but I really appreciate it. I’ll miss your constant nagging, your dumb jokes, your constant complaints, and so much more. Thanks for being the best little brother I could ever ask for. Love ya lots Scoob.

Love,

Your Favorite Big Sis

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4 Responses to “An Open Letter to My Brother”

  1. Elly Logan on March 13th, 2019 1:49 pm

    i think that this is a great article because it tells you what to do when you have older siblings. This tells you what you need to look after as a upperclassmen.

  2. Lauren Johnson on March 13th, 2019 1:51 pm

    I love the use of the metaphors in the article. This article may have been intended for your brother, but Is felt as if you wrote this for everyone

  3. Jensen Burrous on March 13th, 2019 1:52 pm

    After reading this everyone can tell Josie is a very caring and loving sister. I liked this article because of how much Josie cares about David, and I’m sure they have a very good relationship that everyone could learn to be like.

  4. Lexis Homme on March 13th, 2019 1:57 pm

    This article is something everyone with siblings should read. You never know how much you need your siblings until the time come. You will nver know haw much you will miss them until your away from them for a while. You would miss their jokes and their pranks they would pull on you, but you probably would not miss the little arguments that you guys get in.

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