There is no one quite like a sibling. Childhood partners and playmates, so much about peer interaction–empathy, sharing, fury and love–are learned between them. In my case, I am the eldest with a younger brother. We share a tribal knowledge–a tribe of two. The way I view the world, the way I go about raising my children, the way I play with them… they all reflect my experiences with my brother. The privilege of seeing him grow into adulthood, to watch him become a man I’m proud of, to know he can always count on me because I am still his big sis… I wish these things for my own children.
This photo is a couple years old. I asked them to pose for me at the edge of the water while we played on a beach that summer. I thought of my brother and the hope I have for these two siblings–that they grow into adulthood able to rely on each other, having shared the best of memories.