If you’ve ever seen Austin Powers, you’re familiar with the evilly quirky antagonist, Dr. Evil (and his progeny, Mini Me). There’s a line where Dr. Evil tells Mini Me, “You complete me.” As corny as that sounds, I can’t help but think the same when I think about my little brother, Jr.
These last 10 years have been full of so many exciting and lively moments, amplified by having him in our lives. From the moment I watched my mom with a raised eyebrow pick up that pregnancy test in a supermarket line, to recording him rocking out with his invisible mic to his original song “It Was a Burger,” to watching him read “The 5 Love Languages” (not by choice but as a proactive measure by our dad to ensure his future competency in understanding his future wife’s love language. I mean, I suppose it’s never to start early. After all, train ’em up young in the way they should go, right? :D. Kidding. It’s part of Jr’s daily reading and this was a random book of my dad’s choosing), to the numerous bantering moments we share, I really can’t see Windomnation functioning without Jr.
Webster’s dictionary defines “extraordinary” as “going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary.” Jr. is definitely not some regular, ordinary kid. He is extraordinary. The level of intelligence he possesses for a 10-year-old is incredible. His sass is a refined as fine wine. His ability to bring humor to any situation amazes me. I don’t understand his intense liking for Star Wars or Mike & Ikes or decapitation (although it’ strictly limited to video games and movies). But that’s part of what makes him Jr. I admire his creative drive in bringing his imagination to life in creating stories with his wonderful words and pictures.
His inquisitive mind shows a consistency in learning. His goofiness shows his love for living, not taking himself too seriously. His sensitivity shows a big little heart that cares deeply. There are a lot of great things that have happened to my family. But Jr is undoubtedly the greatest of all time.