When I retire, I am going to be a professor. I don't care if I teach math, engineering, basket weaving or how to whistle, I just love to instruct and inspire others. I always look for "teachable" moments in my life and the lives of people I love, especially my brother.
For the longest time, I struggled to connect with my younger brother. I had subconsciously tasked myself with teaching him the things I know my mother couldn't. I am nine years older than him and at one point he didn't talk to me for about five months because we got into a little scuffle about respect for my mother. Gone were the days when I was 7 or 8 years old and begged my mother for a brother to join me and my three sisters. Naturally, I longed for a relationship with my brother.
Now that I no longer live at home and my time is very limited with my family, my brother and I have begun to build a foundation for a good relationship. I don't know when it started, but I now know I've made progress because I never gave up. Above all, I prayed on it and sought wisdom to help me to be a good big brother--lessons in honesty, trust, becoming a man, leadership and analyzing people. I looked for times in our conversations to inspire my brother.
I know I'll never be a father to him, but slowly I've learned how to be his brother.
Semaj Rashad| October 15, 2010; 6:05 AM ET Save & Share:
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