Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Little Brother Daniel


One good thing about the hurricane is that we had my brother as a house guest.  I experienced flash backs of childhood with Daniel in our home.  It's been 16 years since we shared common living areas.  That's a lot of time to repress the good, the bad, and the ugly memories.  Or in Daniel's case it would be the good, the bad, and the obnoxious!

I would like to list things about Daniel that I know, have known but forgotten, and unknown things that I have learned while he has stayed with us.  These are in no particular order.

  • Daniel is a humanitarian.  I would never have expected this from Daniel growing up! 

  • He is very compassionate.  Unless you are his sister.

  • He is hysterical!  He keeps me laughing even when I'm biting the inside of my cheeks because I don't want him to know that I find his annoying behavior funny.

  • The man can't say my name correctly!  He says it like a sneeze, "Ka-chreene!"

  • He can't remember my son's name.  He calls Ethan Floyd.  Ethan used to hate it.  But now he told Daniel and Heidi when they have a baby one day they can name him Ethan and he'll change his name to Floyd!

  • Daniel loves his dogs.  I mean, he really loves his pets!  I am amazed that he has enough time to pamper his pets as much as he does.  And just so everyone knows, raising a dog is NOTHING like raising a child!

  • He doesn't like to be touched.  I taught Madison this week that if he wants to bug Daniel just touch him, hug him, or rub his head.  It works great!

  • It's impossible to get the guy to smile for a picture. 

  • Daniel no longer eats any animal products.  We're from a meat and potato type family.  011

  • You will never win a debate with Daniel.  Never!  Don't even try.  It's not worth the effort.

  • He reads a million books a year.  Seriously.

  • Daniel has a photographic memory.  That's a lot of data to retain when you read a million books a year!

  • He's studying to be a chaplain in the army.  I bet you didn't know you could be a Mormon chaplain, did you?  Neither did I.

  • He doesn't drink caffeinated drinks anymore.  The fool!

  • Daniel still has the bluest eyes.

  • He's a democrat.  He's voting for Obama.  We were raised by the same parents. I just don't understand what went wrong!

  • Daniel is still a pesky little brother.  But I love him.

My favorite memory of Daniel was him reading my 2 boys "Bunnicula" on the porch.  So sweet!  I love having an uncle and an aunt nearby for my kids.

1 comment:

Grandma J said...

What a nice list from a nice sister about a nice brother. Is Daniel in the Army now? I think there are Chaplins of every denomination, just as there are soldiers of almost every denomination. Almost because I don't know if Jehovah's Witnesses serve in the military.
Voting for Obama? Proof no one is perfect :))
glad everyone is safe from the rage of Ike!

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