I was unaware that my five older brothers were swimming in our pool in Las Vegas doing celebratory canon balls at my arrival
They were sure it was broken. My brothers said a prayer at home and my arm was healed before the hour long drive to the hospital
I didn't miss mom and dad as much when Clayton would let me jump on his bed and and dance to Louie Armstrong while eating popsicles
Tyler taught me a few rad tricks and we put on a magic show: Malony the Great
The excitement of the millennium wore Henry and I out so much we fell asleep before the ball dropped
I open my purse to pay for my things and the store clerk sees Joey's senior picture and asks if it's my boyfriend. I blush
Bad hair cut. Chris tries to cheer me up by hesitantly saying a girl's hair wasn't everything. But I knew he was lying and I cried
Starting high school in a town I knew my brother's legacies still lived in. I was different
One more year until graduation. I looked forward to getting a Marmot sleeping bag that doubled as ceremoniously becoming "one of the older kids"
Braces again. Now Henry and I look even more like twins: I couldn't be more proud
Wedding number four: Kyle this time. I knew I'd be next, and dreamed about when that day would come
All of us at the cabin on Christmas Day, laughing and crying as we open the handmade gifts we made for one another
At my wedding dinner: I weep endlessly as they all take the time over the open mic to tell me how much they love me and are grateful for the man I found to take care of me
We're spread out over five different states, but they are still my best friends in the whole world
disclaimer: i don't know if my brother's were doing canon balls when i was born. but we had a pool, lived in LV, so why not?