My older brother is 9 years my senior and I adored him as I was growing up. My favorite memory is still when he would sit me in the huge newspaper basket on the front of his bicycle and ride me around the small town where we grew up. Most times he would stop and take me into the drug store so that I could choose a few pieces of penny candy. He left for college when I was a 4th grader and got married and moved away when I was in 8th grade. His first son was born when I was a high school Sophomore and his second son followed my Senior year. After I graduated and moved away in the opposite direction, I was able to see those boys a few times each year and we began vacationing together every summer when they were middle school age. I have always loved those boys and during those vacations I developed a respect for them too. I watched them get married to wonderful girls and have sons of their own and I've been blessed to hold those babies too!
Here's a picture of me with nephew #1 in 1981
and with his son, my grandnephew #1 in 2005
Here I am with nephew #2 in 1982
and with his son, my grandnephew #2 earlier this week
If you're reading this guys, I love you!