I love my little brother. When we were very young, he had an intense lisp and apparently no one but me could make out what he was saying. I’d go everywhere he went acting as his personal interpreter, never really understanding why his words were so clear to me and why all of the giant adult people gave us those ridiculous confused looks. “He said he wants peanut butter and jelly. Geesh!”
We had our many disagreements and giant blow-ups (often involving horse manure – joys of growing up on a farm), but all-in-all we were a pretty close brother and sister team. You kind of have to be when your parents are split and your Mom works her ass of to afford the farm you live on.
Teenage years happened and that 4 year gap in age became significant. I went off to explore the world, he stayed home to grow up and become a fine young man, a bit of a momma’s boy but a respectable one. In our 20’s we reconnected, not only as siblings and friends but as creative professionals. We’ve worked together now on a decent number of projects. Some go well, some cause those giant sibling blow-ups – now involving less manure than our childhood. A little less.
As we get older and grow into our creative selves, we’re learning to rely on one another again. We’ve become necessary sounding boards for the other’s innovative/sometimes outrageous ideas. Although we’ve discovered our own unique outlets for creativity: me in the kitchen with a camera and whisk and he in new media; creating podcasts, music, films and graphic designs, we are still interpreting for one another. No one seems to understand what I’m talking about when I go into a hurricane of excitement about a new website idea involving chocolate cake, robots and live musicians, quite like my brother does.
For the Hot Pink Apron Christmas Catalog, my brother,Christopher, has offered the gift of song. He’s providing personalized songs for you and your loved ones. Simply contact him with a name, some descriptive notes and the style of song you want him to record and, for a very affordable rate, he’ll send you the most unique Christmas gift under any tree. A few weeks back I was having a rough day so he sent me my very own song, it certainly put the smile back on my face:
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