Friday, September 23, 2011

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…

There is a thirteen year age difference between me and my brother. Because I started very early with having babies and being a grown up before I was actually a grown up, we didn’t grow up together. After my divorce 9 years later, the kids and I moved back home for a few months. Yeah, my poor brother basically went from being a spoiled only kid to having three little siblings. Talk about rocking his boat.

We talked about that time during our recent road trip together. He said while it was hard at the time, he wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. He and the Marine are only 5 years apart, and are now very close, like brothers. That time spent at home was good for all of us, even if it was a little crowded.

We weren’t there long, about 8 months, before I was able to get my own house, so even then I didn’t really get to know my brother. I was older and he was still a kid, playing and goofing around with the Marine and the Girl. Lil Skater was too young to be anything but a pest.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, he and I used this road trip to get reacquainted. It was one of the best road trips. Ever.

Here are 10 things you may or may not know about my brother:

  1. He used to be into vampires (mostly of the Anne Rice variety) but then realized zombies are “more realistic”.
  2. He still likes to make the semi-trucks honk their air horns. We were passing one and CGBro was all, make him honk, you know..yank your arm up and down! And I was like “Umm, NO, I am a grown-up” so he leaned over me to yank his arm up and down. The trucker must have seen the debate going on, so he blasted that horn loud and long, making me jump in my seat. Which of course caused all kinds of laughter from the bro. (P.S. Sometimes being a grown up is not that fun. I laughed, too!)
  3. His favorite Muppet is Gonzo and his favorite princess is Ariel, because she’s the only one with red hair.
  4. My bro has read the book The Zombie Survival Guide and is completely prepared for a zombie attack. (Which he claims is imminent)
  5. Makes his own beef jerky in several wonderfully delicious flavors (and shares!)
  6. He knows all the words to almost every song from the ‘80s. And has no shame in singing them loudly. Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?
  7. If he could have only two foods for the rest of his life, he would choose cheeseburgers (with American cheese) and nothing else, “because what more do you need when you get to have cheeseburgers till you die?”
  8. He does not like ice cream, so does not have a favorite flavor.
  9. In a fight, my brother believes vampires would win, hands down, over zombies. This because zombies are slow moving and stupid. They also eat “live” meat and vampires are already dead, so the zombies wouldn’t even be interested in eating them, making it easier for the vampires to kill the zombies. (Yes, more than a couple of hours was spent on this interesting creepy subject)
  10. My brother, like the Marine, has a wealth of useless trivia in his head, and randomly spouts it during lulls in conversation. (Where do they get it all??)

This was a good trip for so many reasons. We saw family that needed some hugs, shared stories of our mom and spent quality time getting to know one another. You know what? If he weren’t my brother already, I think I would have picked him for a friend.


Oh, and I am now totally prepared for a zombie attack.


  1. Oh, that's so great you got to spend that time. Nothing like being trapped in a car with someone to help determine whether you REALLY like them. :)

    And I agree, the vampires would totally win. And be much better dressed.

  2. Yep, that's Nick in a nutshell! I have to admit, that the at the time the Zombie Preparedness conversation he and I had seemed a more that a little unnecessary. However, strangely enough, the things you would do to be ready for zombies are the same for being ready for a hurricane...i.e. filling the bathtub for "gray water" use! I was so glad you guys got that time together!

  3. The only thing I would like to add. (Not defending my paranoia.) The reason Zombie are inevitable is they are NOT monsters!!! They are a walking disease. I.E. the Black Plague! And thank you Max Brooks for opening my eyes.

    Thank you for the post Dawn. I love you.

    CG Bro

  4. How great was your trip? It is wonderful You and your brother were able to reconnect again. My situation is so similar I can totally relate. Unfortunately my brother, who is 9 years older than me, and I do not have a close relationship. Same for my oldest sister who is 14 years older. (She was married when I was four.) I talk regularly to my middle sister, 12 years older, but we rarely "do" things together. My oldest sister's son is only 10 years younger than me. He and and I have a pretty close relationship. We've been together off and throughout his life. He and my oldest son are just 11 years apart so they're pretty close too. Funny how the years really kind of blur generations.

    (sorry I wrote a book) I just know exactly what you mean about the age difference.

  5. My brother and I did a "Schlep Mom from Florida to Massachusetts" road trip a couple of years ago. One of the best times of my life!
    He's the only other person who gets what a "Lobster Pot Parking Lot" means!

  6. A guy who knows all 80s songs (like me!) AND is prepared for zombie attack? Sounds like my kinda bro. :)

  7. I think you need to do a post so we're all prepared for a Zombie attack. Glad you got some bonding time in.

  8. So sweet! But not loving ice cream? Actually, he's lucky, it's addictive. So glad you had a great time!

  9. Neither zombies nor vampires would stand a chance against my mother circa 1975.
    Not a chance.

  10. Sounds like a fantabulous trip!


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