When my parents asked me if I was willing to help my brother with adjusting to going to school to America, I was overwhelmed with the task. On one hand, I was nervous I would fail and make mistakes. On the other hand, I wondered if it would affect my relationship with my boyfriend. I discussed it with my boyfriend and thankfully, he was receptive to the idea. I am just so lucky to have a supportive boyfriend. He balances my overprotective tendencies and he calms me down when I feel super stressed.
I haven't lived long term with my brother since he was four years old (that was when I left to attend college). I saw him a few months of the year during vacations but for the most part, I only played the doting sister from afar. He practically grew up an only child since my sister and I are closer in age.
It's been fun getting to know him this year on a new level. I diligently report back to my parents and sister about his progress. I'm also very good about keeping in touch so I webcam with my parents on a daily basis. I make sure they know all about what's going on in my brother's life including both high points and low points.
I am very good about taking photographs in general but with my brother, I take even more pictures and make sure I post regularly on Facebook and my parents' wall to make sure they know what's going on.
I've learned new things about myself through taking care of a pre-teen also. I also learn new skill sets. Yesterday, I learned how to tie a double windsor knot. Prior to this, I have never tied a tie in my life. I remember my dad showing me when I was younger but it never stuck.
If my boyfriend was in town, he would have tied it for me and I would have never learned.
Lo-and-behold this morning, I get an e-mail with pictures to prove this statement.