21 years ago on this day my brother was born.
21 years ago tomorrow i insisted we place him in the backyard.
my theory was simple: trevor could live in a cage of some sort, behind our house. we would feed him and occasionally even pet him, but he would only be let back into the house on one condition. it was pertinent in my mind that he be able to play and speak... reasonable requests in the mind of a three-year-old.
i had conceived the idea in my young mind that trevor and i would be the best of friends. he would play guitar in my band, watch countless hours of He-Man and She-Ra with me, undress my barbies in order that i might put a new outfit on each (undressing was always the tough part... those darn barbie clothes were so snug), and pull me around in our red wagon. but, to my surprise, trevor was unable to do any of the aforementioned tasks at birth.
understandably, i was quite upset.
21 years later i can reasonably concur that placing him in a cage probably wouldn't have been the best solution. and, although i had to wait a few years, i made sure that trevor fulfilled his brotherly duties -- come to find out, the trick to disrobing a barbie is to pull the garment down rather than over her head.
i'm thankful for my brother and the friendship that has developed between us. at this point we've been overseas together twice, been on countless road trips, and exchanged advice on everything imaginable. i think we are both better for having the other in our life, and i look forward to the many new experiences we will share with each other.
although we weren't twins as were He-Man and She-Ra, i can still confidently say that we are a pretty amazing duo. and who knows, maybe one day we will be Masters of the Universe.
happy birthday, brother!