14. My Siblings
Out of four children, I’m the second oldest (and at 5’11” the SHORTEST!) My brother, Jim, is 16 months older than me, my brother, Ty, is 3.5 years younger, and my sister, Misty, is 5 years younger.
Our parents encouraged us to follow our dreams, to create, to imagine. We lived in a household where movies were adored and discussed and dissected. A household where books were consumed with equal passion.
My older brother has a degree in cinematography, and is an accomplished hip hop DJ with a weekly radio program. He lives in Sydney, Australia, blogs with amazing beauty and insight, and freelances as a writer on the music scene.
My younger brother has an art degree and is an amazing cartoonist. He does everything from a series of super heroes that he dreamed up as a child to a comic strip that battles culture woes and Christian worldviews. Some of my favorite work of his are his collaborative drawings with his 6-year-old daughter. I’ve never really seen anyone so patient and so loving with kids, and remember him drawing with Kaylee when she was that age.
My sister has a degree in journalism and English. She’s the managing editor of an award-winning newspaper and teaches college classes part time. She does this while juggling married life and three very active children. Her columns are so brilliant, and her writing draws readers in and makes them feel like she’s talking directly to them.
When we get together, it’s as if we were never apart. Conversations come easy and we are loud and rambunctious, talking over each other to talk about the last movie seen or share a recent experience. It’s comfortable and our kind of normal and full of love and mutual respect.
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