Siblings

Bryan’s brother, Chris

Bryan’s brother, Chris

I (Bryan) have an older brother, Chris, and a younger sister, Meghan. As children, we got along well, but occasionally had our squabbles. And despite the fact that arguments, fights, spats, etc. were not out of the question, they were definitely not the norm. If someone threatened harm (emotional or physical) to any one of us, the other two were quick to unite in a unified front. We loved each other deeply, even at a young age.

Chris, Beth and their kids, Ben, Connor and Katie

Chris, Beth and their kids, Ben, Connor and Katie

We never questioned whether or not we were loved. We were told “I love you” every night before bed, and in our later youth, every time we left the house. My parents both said they grew up thinking they were loved, but were never told they were loved by their parents in their early years. So early in their marriage, they made a decision that their children would never have to ask themselves if their parents loved them. And we never did.

All the way through high school and upon returning from college breaks, every night – without fail – we ate dinner together as a family. This was a very important part of growing up in my parent’s household. After dinner, we’d clear the dishes, then sit back down at the table for a cookie or two and to talk as a family. Quite often, we’d hear how proud our parents were of us and how much they loved us all. Looking back on this, I recognize how fortunate my brother, sister and I were. My upbringing has cemented in me the importance of family. My family remains very close to this day.

Bryan’s sister Meghan, husband Eric, and their daughter, Juliet

Bryan’s sister Meghan, husband Eric, and their daughter, Juliet

Outside of Erica, my siblings are my best friends.

Although we live fairly far from one another, we stay in close touch. We talk fairly regularly, and text each other quite frequently. We enjoy spending time together and each other’s company.

My favorite time of the year is the holidays when we all come together. I am fortunate to have the relationship that I do with them.


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