Day 11: Your Siblings

Reed is my older stepbrother. He’s married and lives in Detroit with his wife, Alex, who is in the process of personally kicking the shit out of cancer. When we were kids, I looked up to Reed quite a bit, but I get the feeling that I was very much the annoying younger brother that he never wanted. He moved into the house when I was 10, and he got the boot when I was 15, so we only had about five years of direct contact. I didn’t see him again until I was in my mid- to late-20’s, and then only at holidays, so I suspect we’re kind of a mystery to each other in a lot of ways.

Paul is my only genetic brother. For a long time, we had a pretty contentious relationship. In our thirties, we seem to be trying to solve that. When we were younger, people frequently asked if we were twins. (No.) Even before my parents’ divorce, we were at odds with each other…and after the divorce, we got worse. There were a lot of insults (and punches) thrown. And it went downhill from there. That he, at one point, literally wanted me dead comes as no surprise to me.

David is my half-brother and ten years younger than I am. I don’t understand him at all — our personalities are that different. I really don’t know what else to say here, really.

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  1. The whole step-sibling relationship is so odd. I’ve also got 2 step-brothers (one is about 3 years older than me, the other is probably about 9 years older). We never lived together, as they both had stints living with my dad during &/or after college & I always lived with my mom. It’s strange because I’ve known them for about 15 years & we feel like family in that familiar way, but while we get along real well I don’t think any of us really feel like siblings towards one another. We don’t communicate directly except at family functions & I’m not sure if we ever will.

    I don’t know why more movies haven’t been made about step-relationships…

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