She was present when he was brought back from the hospital. As a toddler, I’m sure she did not understand why her mom had left her for a whole night in another person’s house, or why when she came to pick her up, her mom was carrying a tiny baby with such a pink-reddish face. Clueless of what had happened, she was told to call him brother, and so she did from that day on.
Days, months, and many years passed, because that’s all they can really do. Did they had a special bond from the start? Maybe, but this friendly bond was dulled, most of the time, by the constant fights and arguments they had. Their mother always cried, “He is your brother. She is your sister. Both of you, behave as such”. Even when both grew and developed completely different personalities, their bond as brother and sister remained at heart. From time to time they reminisce about all the memories they’ve shared as they laugh, and sometimes even cry, in unison.
Were there sadder times? Maybe. As she looked at one their pictures together, she remembered him being the only one kneeling down with her when it was time for their mother to pass to a better life. He joined her cries and yells as a true teammate. He has always been the one covering for her when she’s done wrong, and even though he’s the “little brother”, he has always stepped up to protect her.
As for her, she has tried her best to protect him. She knows it still may be somewhat tough on her to accept exactly how he is. She knows his virtues, his defects, and who he is as a whole, and tries awfully hard to embrace the love she feels for him and be his support. I know because I’ve seen she has tried to set good example for him and be his guidance. She fails, they both fail very often, but I see their struggle and effort that it’s put into the relationship.
Times have been tough, and situations have played with their minds. They’ve tried to fill those times with smiles and laughs. Both know the day will come when they part ways and accept it, but they know the other will try their hardest to always come to aid when in need. Until the day she is no more, she will always call him brother and stay.