Eric is the oldest of the children in my family. He is 7 1/2 years older than I am, which when I was younger, seemed like a huge gap. I was in fourth grade when he went to college, so he's really watched me grow up from a distance. In the past several years, especially after Joel got engaged and married, Eric and I have gotten a lot closer. When you first meet him, he's pretty quiet but he's got quite a sense of humor and has a lot of wisdom to share. He is such a hard worker and is a hands-on kind of guy. Being a Physicians Assistant is a perfect fit for him! He is also a good cook!
6 fond memories I have:
-Playing my first successful prank on him when I was really young. I put kleenex in the front of one of his shoes. I watched him as he put it on and realized that it was a little tight. We both laughed for a while on that one.
-Wrestling all over the house until I can no longer breathe because he had pinned me down. I am getting a little better at reading his movements!
-Teaching me how to wrap an ankle in under 2 minutes. He set me up on the counter one day and wrapped me ankles a couple times just to practice.
-Giving him advice on life issues. Those have always been our most quality talks.
-Looking out for me. When he brought home his girlfriend, one summer, he made sure that I liked her and got along with her. The three of us had so much fun that week and I definitely approved of her!
-Watching him and cheering him in on throughout his many marathons, triathlons, half-Ironmans, and two Ironmans. The most treasured moment I have of this is when he was running down the home stretch of the Lake Placid Ironman. I was right near the finish line, jumping and yelling like a crazy person, and he pointed at me, waved, and smiled. It made me feel so loved and so proud. I'm tearing up even now just thinking about it!
This is us over looking the Lower Falls at Letchworth, one of my favorite spots to go.
I'm so thankful for Eric, my friend and my brother.