I guess I should say one of the downsides to military life. There are many upsides, but every once in awhile, you come across a negative.
In this instance, the negative is missing monumental family events.
Specifically one of my brothers’ high school graduation.
Even more specifically, my brilliant brother Chris graduated tonight, and I am 12 hours away.
I wish I would’ve been there to give my bro a high five and embarrassing kiss after he gave his valedictorian speech.
In case he didn’t give me a shout out in his speech like I told him to, here is one for him.
Chris is awesome.
His nickname growing up was Goober, and while he is believable as the role of a goob, he is absolutely brilliant. (note the valedictorian reference earlier)
Chris is always real. He doesn’t sugar coat things and you won’t ever have to worry about him lying to you. He will tell you straight up what he thinks.
Chris has super high standards. He is going to Rice in the fall!!! If you are a friend of Christopher’s, consider yourself lucky. Not too many make the cut.
Chris has a big heart. Growing up in the Brown household, we were geared towards loving each other. Chris is great at including others and helping out. He is so easy going, and I always feel right at home chilling on the couch with him.
We talk about a funny story from when Chris was younger….let’s hope I quote it right! Chris was probably around 5-6, which made the youngest brother around 2-4ish. We were camping and the boys stumbled across a pinecone. Chris got a little arrogant after Derek incorrectly identified the pinecone.
Derek: Look Chris! An acorn.
Chris: No Derek, that’s a coconut!
I am so proud of my brother. Way to go Chris. I love you and wish I could’ve been there for your special day.
I also wish you would’ve mentioned me in your speech like I told you to.