My way cool big brother turns 40 today.
40. It has such a nice ring to it.
Can you hear that ring, Bryan, or do we need to speak a little LOUDER for you?
Here's a picture of him doing his cool SEAL stuff. It's from one of the several books he's either photographed in, or quoted in, or his life is portrayed in. His coolness overwhelms me.
Totally wouldn't put it past him.
When I was in junior high, I had a friend spend the night and, as she and I were going on and on about the cuteness of Brad Small and how we totally thought we could do the dance from "Thriller" as well if not better than any of the actual dancers on the video. (Shout out to you Michael Jackson) Bryan and a friend had snuck into my closet through the attic and recorded our ridiculous conversation. Probably using my Sony SPORTS Walkman which Bryan totally hijacked from me the day after I got it. Not bitter, totally not bitter.
Anyway, he threatened to play the most embarrassing recording over the loudspeakers at Klein High School if we didn't pay him five dollars.
You've never seen money change hands so quickly.
It wasn't until years later, that I was actually making the morning announcements at my high school in the P.A. closet with the fortified steel door and six locks, that I realized he was probably bluffing. I mean, it was way before 9-11 but Mr. Middlestadt ran a pretty tight ship.
As paybacks are sometimes a long time a'comin', I may or may not have called Bryan's C.O. to make sure his 40th birthday is properly celebrated by all the men in his command.
Anyway, since he's 40 and all, I was thinking of all the things I hope to do by the time I'm 40 (which is years and years away). Jump out of an airplane, survive raising a teenager, travel around the world, and live in a place where it's 130 degrees in the summer. Ok, maybe not that last one but, my stinky brother has done them all.
Is there anything you want to do before your turn 40, or 50, or 80, or 30? And, since he's on the other side of the world and you can't very well call him, (I would totally give you his number if you could) would you please join me in wishing him a happy 40th birthday!!!
Happy Birthday, Bryan! You are loved beyond measure!!!