That’s Going in the Quote Book: #6

The newest in an ongoing series of Quotes I’ve collected. To see previous posts in the series, click here.

I always consider it a plus when I can manage to trim my nose hair without having the scissors slip and lodge in my brainpan.

Big Brother

My oldest brother, affectionately known as Big Brother in the online world, was always a bit of a mysterious figure when I was growing up. Nearly a decade older than I am, he moved out when I was still single digits in age. We’d exchange letters fairly frequently – my mother used to get a bit miffed by how I got more letters from him than she did – and occasionally he’d return home for a few weeks or months here and there. But he was, for the most part, a mythical being in my world.

And he’d earned that status. One of my first memories of him is of the time my mother and I saw him hitchhiking near our home one day. Astonished, my mother slammed on the brakes to stop and pick him up, and demanded to know what he was doing as soon as he got into the car. He told her something about feeling sick on the bus, so he got off to walk home, hoping the fresh air would help, but she wasn’t buying it. I can still remember her saying, “I can smell you.” She was … unimpressed. But she held it together until we got home, where I immediately went to my room and stayed there for the duration. I was too young to understand the significance of what Mom smelled, but whatever it was, I knew that I didn’t want to be anywhere near the fallout.

Likewise, when it came out that Big Brother had skipped school to go to a strip club and had been drunk when we picked him up, the only part of the story I was old enough to grasp was the ‘skipping school’ bit. I mean, I acted all scandalized because I knew it was expected. And when I got a few years older and learned the meanings of ‘drunk’ and ‘strip club,’ I truly was scandalized.

Now, though, I’m just like, “Dude. Well done.”

Because living in our home, with our mother, he had to know how sideways this was destined to go, and he did it anyway.

I learned a lot from Big Brother. Like how to see the absurd in everyday things (hence this quote). And how, if a book interests me, I should just read it, regardless of whether or not it’s ‘appropriate’ for my age. And how to give everything you’ve got to your passions in life.

But probably the most valuable thing of all he taught me is this: a little rebellion is a magnificent thing.

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