Looking back, it seems that my brother exercised his right as the ‘older brother’ exceptionally well.
You see, there are some things that my brother, Mitchell, has ingrained so strongly within my head that still to this day I often second guess myself. Let me explain…
1. My brother once told me that the seeds within capsicums are highly poisonous and will kill you if eaten or EVEN TOUCHED. It was only last week, that Shaun pointed out this was a lie.
2. My brother told me that the coral in the Great Barrier Reef will kill you if it touches you. All fun and games, EXCEPT HE TOLD ME AS WE WERE SNORKELLING IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF. I still remember being so afraid of the coral that I was shaking.
3. My brother told me that sharks (again in the Great Barrier Reef) go after people who wee in the ocean. I don’t wee in the ocean, but I still lived in fear.
4. My brother told me that sharks can get through trap doors in pools. MY BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE IS SHARKS and I have no doubt where this fear of sharks (and pools) came from.
5. My brother (we were about 4 and 6) once swapped his twenty cent coin with my two dollar coin because he told me, “My coin is worth more because it is bigger. Here Alex, you can have it.” I choose to believe he was being kind.
6. I once had my hair cut really short (Year 8) and my brother told me every single day I looked like a seagull. A GOD DAMN SEAGULL. I cried every night.
7. When my little sister was born, he pointed out that they both start with ‘M’ and have the same birth mark. This is because I am adopted, he explained, and hadn’t yet been told. I was 12 and at a highly vulnerable stage of no longer being the youngest child.
So while I love my older brother dearly, I feel he went above and beyond his role as an older brother who could torment his little sister.
Thank god, I am the favourite. Right, Dad?