for a year and a half the first of my younger brothers, joe, lived with me here in nashville. my dad helped him move in and gave us 4 days before he predicted bloodshed. based on our relationship in high school this prediction was not too far off base. we proved him wrong. we didn't get into it until the week he was moving back to minnesota. you know... bickering in front of our friends about trivial things while they all laughed understanding that we were fighting because because he was moving away and it made both of us sad and we just didn't recognize it blah blah blah.
for the last 2 months he has been back here in nashville launching a new office for his company. i have loved having one of my best friends close by again. it really is a very cool thing to get to do life with your sibling when you are both adults. he is a funny, intelligent, well traveled, open minded, curious, loud, independent, caring man and i am proud to call him both family and friend.
i love you baby brudder. nashville and i will miss you. again.
today my mom turned 55. i just can't say enough about how much i love this woman. she rode the tilt-a-whirl with me even though it made her sick, threw michael jackson dance parties in the living room for us kids, taught me the importance of ice cream, and hasn't taken my album out of her car stereo for 6 years.
happy birthday maddy. i'm glad grandma and grandpa got it on 55 years and 9 months ago. (ew.)