My relationship with my brother has always been a roller coaster. I didn’t want a brother. I think I cried when they told me it wasn’t a girl.
Then he started playing along with me, I would be the teacher and he would do what I said. He would be the baby and I would be the mommy. That worked.
When I was in high school I was just his ride to school when he missed the bus (which was all the time) and don’t even get me started on babysitting him. I am pretty sure I spent more time on the phone paging my dad (haha paging!) to get him to yell at Austin.
Then I went to college the first two years, when I came home we would hang out, like friends. It as amazing. But then due to personal problems, I pulled away.
I didn’t like the person he became, and had a lot of anger towards him.
One day he told me he was joining the Marine Corps and changing his life. I was hopeful, but scared to get my hopes up.
He left for boot camp and while it was some of the hardest months for me, I was so proud. Graduation day was seriously the best day of my life. I was so incredibly proud of my little brother and the person he was becoming.
Today we are great friends. I miss him when I don’t see him. We try to hang out when I am home and try to do fun things like concerts and games when we can.
Today is his birthday! I love him more today than yesterday. I am so proud of everything he does. I am proud that he is a Marine, I am proud that he is going to school, but mostly I am proud that I am his sister.
I love you Austin Lee “QB” Eubanks!