This passed June my brother and sister-in-law celebrated their wedding back in Michigan, and for the first time in a few years all three of the Cook siblings were in the same place at the same time.
It was too little time, really, because my siblings are kick-ass people and I miss being in closer geographic proximity. For the first 26 years of my life, with the exception of travel and the odd semester or year abroad, all three of us lived within 30 minutes’ drive of the home where we grew up (and where my parents still live). We all went to college relatively near home and were in an out of my parents’ house as a home base throughout that period. Even when we weren’t living under the same roof we’d meet for coffee or go to the movies or tap each other to help with fun shopping like the purchase of a new laptop. We traveled together even when it wasn’t, strictly speaking, a family vacation.
I’m not going to pretend we never got on each others’ nerves or fought (my parents would be quick to point out exactly how wrong I was), but we were, and continue to be, really good friends.
The thing is, since 2007 we’ve scattered to the four winds. I moved to Boston for graduate school in August of 2007 and the following January my brother and his wife (then girlfriend) relocated to Portland, Oregon. When my sister graduated from college she and her boyfriend moved down to Austin, Texas. We’re all settling into our own adult lives now and it’s hard (an frickin’ expensive!) to meet up in the same place at the same time. In short, it sucks.
So I thought it was time for a little sibling appreciation this evening. My grown-up sibs are just as awesome as the younger versions of themselves. My brother is a free-lance illustrator and one of the best middle school art teachers going. He and his wife Renee hosted a wedding this passed June that is the only wedding I have ever thought to myself “I will crib from this someday” about. My sister is a User Operations Analyist at Facebook, where she has been involved in developing new ways to filter out child pornography from the site. In addition, she has insisted on training her staff in human sexuality so that they are able to differentiate between stuff they find “icky” and actual non-consensual/illegal behavior and imagery.
What about you, Harpies? What cool things are your siblings (born or chosen) up to? Brag as you like in comments – the open mic is now open!