Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's a Wonderful Life,...because I have a big brother

I'm going to take this opportunity to completely humiliate my big brother. He hates uncomfortable scenes. If I really wanted to make him miserable I would invite him and all his "too much testosterone" friends over to listen to me sing a lame karaoke song, probably something by the B 52's. Why is it all karaoke singers always know Love Shack? I'm just saying. At his wedding rehearsal dinner my Mom had arranged for a high school girl to sing some ridiculous Christina Aguilar song and I could see the misery in his body language. Shifting from side to side, trying to force a content smile on his face.

Throughout my entire life one thing has always been constant. I could always count on my big brother. Without Fail. When everyone forgot my birthday, including my own parents, I went to the mailbox to find a Texas Tech Key Chain arrive on my actual 16th birthday. Even away at college big brother managed to remember his little sister on her big day.

For whatever reason I was always the kid whose parents forgot to pick them up. Whether that be from school, a party or a friend's house. I hated that feeling of being forgotten. But when big brother was suppose to pick me up, he was always there right on time. Never complained about having to drive his little sister around.

Even in high school when I was a nerdy freshman and he was a high school senior football star, big brother showed me around. Not for one second was he embarrassed to have his little sister join him and all his faithful followers. Drove me to school every day. The only rule he ever imposed was that I was not allowed to date any of his football friends. Fair Enough. I just waited until I was in college and then made out with all his friends,...sorry brother. He has lifted upon thousands and thousands of heavy boxes for me, cracked a joke when I needed one, taught me how to be cool and how to cheat at Monopoly.

So what has big brother done now to completely cement his spot as


The other night I was sitting with hubby complaining about family today. Why is it no one really cares anymore? Why don't they ever come over and visit with their niece and nephew? Why are every one's parents always divorced these days. Why can't they make it 10 minutes down the street to share Thanksgiving with us. What are we,...accessories for our families when they need someone to play the role of sister, daughter, in-law? While hubby and I were getting all worked up I noticed that yet again all these years later I have received a package in the mail from big brother. Opened it up to find a letter and a ornament. As I read the letter tears fell down my face. How is it that big brother always knows just the right words to say, even when he lives over 9 hours away. A letter written to me by my BIG BROTHER and a Christmas ornament from my favorite move "It's a Wonderful Life. Someone actually really knows me. Someone actually knows my heart and cares.

The ornament was A-W-E-S-O-M-E for a self declared Christmas maniac like myself. It's my "go to" holiday movie and every year I cry like any thirty something woman should. I'm amazed every time when Clarence gets his wings and George discovers he really does have a wonderful life. On the ornament is a scene from the movie and on the back was a message to me from Karolyn Grimes. She was the woman who played ZuZu in the movie. I couldn't believe it.

Can your big brother do that???

So as far as I'm concerned big brother invented the rain, the wind, the sky and the moon. And as a bonus, he'll kick your butt if you mess with his sister,...

My present to you big brother, you're forgiven for cutting my hair when we were kids.


  1. I have to say that Big Brother waited in line with a bunch of, ahem, VERY big fans of this movie to get the signed ornament was smiling the whole time because he knew how much you alone would appreciate it. And he didn't want to wait to send it as a Christmas gift because then you couldn't enjoy it on your tree, as you obviously have.
    We will toast you guys this year as the Relative Who Loves Christmas More Than Anyone I Know and hope to see you all soon.

  2. Aw! I love this. I am an only and really want to give my little one a sibling, and your post is exactly why! And I love that ornament!! What a rockstar big brother!
    I just joined SITS too!

  3. A message from Zuzu??!! I have chills!!! That is my favorite go-to Christmas movie too! Love it so much. Used to insist the whole family watch it with me every year. How special!!!!
    He sounds like an awesome big brother. You are lucky to have each other!
    Thanks for stopping by today! By the way, I am an Aries, too! ;)

  4. That made me cry! What a guy! I always wanted a brother, but never had one. I'm glad you have him to go to. "It's A Wonderful Life" is my favorite Christmas movie, too and I cry at the end every time! I can't help it!

    My husband's parents always forgot to pick him up, too. He had to walk home from school and football practice several times, sometimes in the rain, because he would wait and wait and nobody would show up. He would be the last kid waiting outside of the school. They also forgot to give him money for lunch, so he would go all day without eating. It bothers him to this day.

  5. I have three sisters but always wanted a brother. Then I got married, and I gained two but it's not the same. I am glad you have at least one "go-to" person in your family!

  6. Aw, what a sweet and heartfelt post! I always wanted a big brother ;P

  7. Ok, I'm embarrased. Glad you loved it. I bet my wife that I could make you cry if I did that. ZuZu is supernice by the way. However, I'm done moving you.

  8. This is such a good post and exactly how I feel about my little brother. I adore him.

    We're so lucky to have great brothers! :) I'm sorry your brother lives so far away.

    And I love the ornament! I have to watch that movie this year. It's been awhile.

  9. What a very sweet post! You really do have an awesome brother!!

  10. What a thoughtful brother and a wonderful gift. I am sad to admit that I have not watched Its A Wonderful Life from start to finish, only parts. I know have I been living under a rock? I will definitely watch it this year.

    While I don't have an ornament for you, I did give you an award given to me yesterday. Come by and check it ou.

  11. Michelle, I love this post SO much. I hope my little guys (born just one year, 2 1/2 weeks apart, not that I'm counting) will be buddies like that some day.

    As for loving "It's a Wonderful Life" -- I might be competition for you. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THAT MOVIE!!! A few years ago, there was a Christmas festival thingie going on in Seattle, and I got to meet the actress who played Zuzu. She's just a cute little older lady now, but I about pee'd my pants from excitement. I made my husband take our picture together (much to his embarassment), and I bought a bunch of the stuff she was selling. Totally not cool at all. I'm a groupie! Cheers and happy holidays to you and yours.

  12. We have a song called "I'm Your Little Sister". It's on our "Bubblebee..Songs for the Young At Heart CD, Track 2.
    We raised two kids and are award-winning songwriters. I was a teacher for 20 years. We’ve written upbeat & funny CDs for kids & parents & co-wrote an audio book for kids– –
    KIDS CDs- reviewed by School Library Journal:
1.”Bubblebee: Songs for the Young at Heart”– 

    2.”Be a Buddy, not a Bully”- “Positivity” & favorites from the other CDs 
3.”Tale of Aladdin and Bubblebee”–Audio book in rhyme; update of Aladdin legend

  13. We have songs for your Waddlers and Toddlers: Waddlin in the Water,
    I'll Call You If I Need a Big Mess (a fun rap), I Used to Be an Only Child. –