Cherish Your Siblings
Saturday, October 20, 2018
I'm very excited and proud that my second character education children's book, "Don't Be That KID! At Home," was published this month! I dedicated the book to my brother, Steve, who growing up was never "that KID".
Apart from your parents, your sibling(s) are the ones who directly connect you to your roots. You share a family history, common experiences, and undoubtedly have "inside" jokes no one else could ever understand.
Our parents encouraged my brother and me to be close. They were proud of our individual differences and never made comparisons. They didn't tolerate us fighting with each other when we were young and taught us that we should love and value each other - no matter what.
When I was in college, my mother would ask, "Have you spoken to your brother recently?" I can assure you that I called him as soon as I hung up the phone! Since that time, we have always spoken frequently, no matter how busy we are. And thanks to the virtues our parents instilled in us, we've never had an argument. A difference of opinion, perhaps, but never an argument. Of course it helps that we really like each others' spouses!
Steve has always been my role model. He is probably the most trustworthy person I've ever met. I've always asked for his opinion on important matters and asked for his good counsel too many times to recall them all.
Jimmy and I are fortunate to have Steve and Ellen, their children and their grandchildren in our lives. The entire family has been an integral part of the creation of the "Don't Be That KID!" Series. I could never have accomplished any of it without their love and support.