This is my brother, James. I don’t actually know if I’ve ever mentioned him on my blog before… Oops! I guess it’s time for you to meet him.
He’s the only person in the world who I argue with. He annoys me so much sometimes that I literally shake with anger. It used to be worse when we were younger. He’d kick me off the sofa when he wanted to watch TV and I’d pinch him when he ate my Malteasers. He made me sit 2 meters away from him on the bus to school and I’d always tell his friends embarrassing stories about him. Whenever he was nasty to me, I would run to my mum and cry about how he was bullying me. He’d come up behind and say “it’s not bullying, it’s character building“.
Well today on his 24th birthday, I’d like to thank James for all of the years he has spent building my character (free of charge!). Thank you for teaching me how to stand up for myself when I feel like crumbling apart. Thank you for showing me that crying and feeling sorry for myself really won’t get me that far. Thank you for making me tougher, sharper, feistier and above all for teaching me not to take myself too seriously.
I’m a little less fragile having you in my life and I truly thank you for it.