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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜€



  1. says

    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. says

    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 :).

  3. says

    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!

  4. 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 :)

  5. says

    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.

  6. 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 πŸ˜€

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