My Baby Brother and His Big Birthday

Kevin and Nacho on a paving-stone walkway with fall colours on the trees behind them

This is a rerun from 2018. Yesterday was my brother’s birthday! So in honour of him, I present this look at our lives as siblings.

When we were kids, I’d look at my little brother and think, who is this alien life form? Why is he in our house? And is that why there is no cheese left? 

Black and white photo of our grandparents holding us. It's outside beside a big tree. Grandma is holding me - I'm about 2 years old. Kevin is on Papa's lap. He's an infant.

There was a brief moment in time when Kevin and I were the same size. People thought we were twins. It barely lasted long enough for our Dad to buy us matching winter jackets and Kevin was off and growing again. He has topped out around 6′ 4″ which is almost a foot taller than me.

Kevin is sixteen months younger but he got smarter, faster. He can fix or build anything and he has invented mechanical things I can’t even explain. He’s quick-witted, insightful and at times so frustrating that I want to club him with a turkey leg. In other words, he’s my brother.

Very young Kevin and I are lying side by side on a blanket. He looks angelic and happy while I'm shooting him a disgusted look!

He teaches me things and expands my world view. I wouldn’t trade him for anyone or anything and when we were kids, believe me, I tried. In the photo above, you can actually see my jealousy. I believe I was already planning to choke him by dropping a chestnut in his mouth. (This really happened!)

Kevin laughing while sitting on a couch. He's about a year old.

An Adventurous Spirit

Kevin posing with his motorcycle and smiling widely

Nothing makes him happier than going on an adventure. Before he left on a solo motorcycle trip to the southernmost tip of South America, Kevin took Spanish lessons and learned everything he could about what he might encounter. That’s why he was able to talk his way out of a robbery by corrupt Mexican cops and avoid many of the pitfalls that others encountered on similar excursions. His trip to Alaska didn’t turn out like he planned (a serious crash destroyed his bike) but he’s still got great stories to tell.

Photo on the left is a scrawny, furless dog covered in motor oil. On the right is a healthy dog with a full coat of fur, looking proud in her white doggie bed

He has done an amazing job with this beautiful dog, Nacho, who was found furless, covered in motor oil, chained to a car in Mexico. She was a timid, frightened creature who is learning to trust people for the first time. I can only stand to see her “before” picture because her life turned out so well under the care of my baby brother. So, he really can’t be all bad. That’s what our Mom kept telling me anyway.

6 thoughts on “My Baby Brother and His Big Birthday”

  1. That’s beautiful. How nice that your brother can read such glowing and honest things about him. SO often the kind things go unsaid. Wishing you all a Happy Easter and I hope you’re hosting! 😉

    1. I agree with that Erin person! How lovely when siblings can find friendship despite the early turmoil that growing up under the same roof can bring. Happy (belated) birthday Kevin! xo Erin

  2. The adventures, saving Nacho, and being a great brother. Living life at its best. Beautiful birthday gift tribute to your brother. Happy Birthday.

  3. Your brother sounds like a gem!  Any human who shows kindness to animals is a perfect 10 in my books. I’m so grateful that Nacho is now being loved and cared for as he deserves to be. Thank you, Kevin. 
    Lisa, I have to wonder if he thinks of you whenever he walks past a chestnut tree? I think the more shenanigans we go through with our siblings when we are young, the closer we become as adults. That’s surely the case in my family, and me being the youngest of 5, well, let’s just say I could write a book, lol. 
    Happy Birthday to Kevin!

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