On the Best of Brothers

(NOTHING Present) It's the best gift. (Cartoon sourced from karlyn-bryan.tumblr.com.)

(NOTHING Present) It’s the best gift. (Cartoon sourced from karlyn-bryan.tumblr.com.)

Today, I wish the happiest of birthdays to the brother who’s watched over me for as long as I can remember. Thank you, Bubba, for the years you spent listening to the stories I made up while we played with your Lego sets, for waiting for me when I tarried long hours on campus during high school, for rescuing me from countless car-related mishaps in college (including floods, flat tires and dead batteries), for taking me in when I needed weekday lodgings while studying German and French, for resolving all my appliance and gadget-related issues even when we were oceans apart, for lending me your unflagging support (and then-limited resources) just so I could fulfill a crazy dream, and for simply being an insanely smart and astoundingly reliable older brother. You’ve stood by me through thick and thin—the still waters to my churning falls—and I love you to bits.

Have a good one, mate.