22 Years Ago Today

It’s somebody’s birthday today.

22 years ago today, my dad took me to the hospital to visit my new baby brother. Everyone was so excited for me to be the Big Sister, so I assume I believed it would be cool, too.

I don’t remember walking through the hospital and arriving to my mom’s room, but I’ve seen videos of how interested I was when I first met Brian. I touched him (too roughly) and I kissed him and I told him I loved him.

And then I got off the bed and said to my dad, “Okay, can we take him back now?”

As in, return him.

No, no, Colleen. He’s coming home with us.

Jesus. Talk about the shock of the century.

I got over it eventually, and Brian quickly became (and has stayed) one of my very best friends. It’s mainly because he makes me laugh like no one else can.

And because he used to let me dress him up and turn him into my sister “Brittany.” And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I can still get him to color coordinate with me.

Brian is the life of party. And I mean that in the sense that he’s literally one of those people who lights up a room when he enters it, and he has the ability to make everyone feel important. But, he’s also really fun to party with ;)

After I graduated from college, Brian, Cory and I went backpacking through Europe for two weeks. I was shocked when so many people said things like “You want to travel with your brother for two weeks?” I think it’s sad when people don’t get along with their siblings.

We’re close in age, we get along, we can laugh and be silly together and we lean on each other when we’re a little shaky. Happy birthday, Brian! I’m so glad we didn’t take you back ;)

Oh, and Brian, I’ve got one more thing to say to you. In the form of a blunt card.

Let’s chat -

Wish my brother a happy birthday! :D


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34 Responses to 22 Years Ago Today

  1. AWww what a cute post!! so nice to hear about ppl who are close with their siblings! my brother is a senior in high school and since a few years ago weve finally been at the age where we’ve been able to get closer! happy bday to him!

  2. Emily says:

    That first picture of Brian literally made me cry from laughing so hard!!!! He is wonderful :) So happy birthday Brian!!!!

  3. Jamie says:

    Loved this! Happy Birthday, Brian!!

  4. Aww, happy birthday to your brother! My sisters and I don’t always get along…but at the same time, they are my closest friends. I’d rather hang out with them than with friends that only talk to me every once in awhile! And I didn’t want my (middle) sister to stay either..my mom said I hit her on the head out of jealousy :( (I was only 21 months old). By the time my youngest sister came, I was adjusted :) .

  5. Happy birthday, Brian!

    That’s so awesome that you guys are great friends!

  6. Happy birthday, Brian!

    P.S. Colleen–I think we have pointed this out before, but I still find it so funny/weird that we are both named Colleen and both have a younger brother named Brian. Too bad you don’t also have three other sisters! :)

  7. Aw happy birthday to Brian!! Your brother is such a cutie!! That is so great that you guys are so close. I hope that my brother and I can get closer. We were really close when we were little and then once he was in high school he thought he was too cool for me haha. Now that he’s in college though he’s starting to come around and it’s so nice!

  8. Ashley Jarrett says:

    Love this! Happy Birthday!!! Now if I could only run into him on campus! I think he doesn’t see me on purpose (it’s b/c Patrick isn’t around, I know it) hahah :)

  9. Happy Birthday! It’s great that you two are so close. I think I’m close with my parents since I’m an only child. :)

  10. Happy Birthday Brian!
    I’m close with my brother too, but there was a time when I couldn’t stand him. It got better when I moved out of my parents house. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?

  11. This is so sweet! People always make fun of me because I too consider my siblings to be my best friends (it’s much harder to get them to admit the same… BUT I KNOW I’M THEIRS TOO!!!)

  12. Dorsa says:

    Super cute.. happy birthday to your brother!

    Me and my sister are pretty close too, despite being 9 1/2 years apart! I love her :)

  13. Wish “Brittany” a Happy Birthday!! ;)

  14. Nikki says:

    Aweee this is adorable!! Happy birthday to your bro! I love that I have a close relationship with my sister…and she is 4 years older than me!

  15. Happy Birthday, birthday twin! My birthday is today as well! I hope your brother has a great day!

  16. hahahah I love this story. YOU GUYS ARE CUTE. make him come to the wine fest with us, k?

  17. Sweet post! Happy birthday to your bro:)

  18. Ha I’m super close with my brother too so it makes me happy to read that other bloggers are. Happy Birthday to your brother!

  19. Happy Birthday brian! I love that you are so close to your brother. My brother is my best friend too. We jsut took a vacation to Big Bend together. It was so fun to have a sibling trip. We always talk about backpacking in Europe together.

  20. So cute that you dedicated a whole post to your baby brother! Quite the tribute. :) Happy birthday, Brian!

  21. I love how close you guys are…it’s heartwarming! Happy Birthday!

  22. Brittany says:

    This is adorable! I’m best friends with my brother too although we haven’t always been that way. I’m so glad we got over that “teenager fight every second” phase! Glad to see other siblings like that too :D

  23. Awww happy birthday Brian! It’s so sad to me when people don’t get along with their siblings. I don’t know what I’d do without mine!

  24. Allison says:

    Happy bday to your brother! I celebrated my 22nd bday yesterday :D

  25. Ya’ll are so cute! Happy Birthday Brian!!! I get along with one of my sisters really well, and the other not so much! xo

  26. Suzanne says:

    Happy Birthday to your brother! That’s awesome that you guys are so close!

  27. Colleen says:

    Just stopping in to say that my name is Colleen and I have a younger brother named Bryan. Must be a popular name combo!

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