My Brother is Coming to Korea!!!

Can’t believe that this very Friday, my little brother is visiting me in Busan!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, this blog post is dedicated to my brother. On the off chance he actually reads this, I’m only going to say nice things.

Just kidding, but not really.

What can I say about my brother?

Well, first of all, he is one of the smartest people I know. He would always beat me in those strategic games growing up. (Like Abalone and Go. I never even attempted to play chess with him. That just never seemed like a fun prospect.)

He’s also amazing at spacial visualization and math in general. I always liked math growing up––thoroughly enjoyed Algebra and Calculus in particular––but he is on a whole other level. Getting into a philosophical debate with him is a great way to stretch your brain muscles.

showing off the ridiculously big rubix cube he not only solved but did this with
Showing off the ridiculously big rubix cube he not only solved but did THIS with

My brother is also a kid magnet. Kids love him. If I had kids and we lived closer, I’d totally ask him to come over and babysit all the time. (So maybe he’s glad that that’s not the case..)

kids love me, too, but can i do this with them? nope
Kids love me, too, but can i do this with them? Nope

My brother also happens to be pretty physically fit. (He recently became a cross-fitter, but he was always athletic.) Whenever I used to proudly show off my biceps growing up, proudly demanding, “Look at my muscles!” rather than affirming me, he would counter with, “Look at my muscles,” and his biceps would bulge as if there were baseballs in them.

Hey bro, it was never a competition. I’m a girl and you’re a guy..

he is also quite skilled at rolling out dough for sugar cookies
Making good use of those biceps by rolling out dough for sugar cookies.

He also happens to be a talented musician. (One of the most awesome things we have in common.) Growing up, we each had our own instrument: I had piano and he had guitar.

I could complain that I got the short end of the stick, just because lugging a piano around is much harder than carrying a guitar. But at least I didn’t have to grow out the fingernails of one hand freakishly long to pick classical guitar pieces in high school.. Think he just uses a guitar pick like normal people now.

rocking out in the living room. one of our must-do activities this weekend is a jam session together
Rocking out in the living room. One of our must-do activities this weekend is a jam session

Oh and he was an incredibly cute kid. (Even though I was only two-and-a-half years older than him, I remember mourning the loss of his chubby cheeks when he lost his baby fat.)

who can resist that?
who can resist that?

But I think my favorite thing about my brother is that he looks so much like me, or rather that we look so much alike. I don’t know why, I guess because it shows we go together. No matter what happens or how many miles may separate us, we will always be brother and sister.

we didn't plan the expression, but it was the natural reaction to my best friend at the time's exclamation, "aww, brother and sister are sharing a chair!"
We didn’t plan the expression, but it was the natural reaction to my college roommate’s exclamation, “Aww, brother and sister are sharing a chair!”

Love you, Stephen! Can’t wait to see you! (And I will always keep on telling you I love you, no matter how old we get or who else is around!)

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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