It seems like I've been posting a lot recently... well, nothing wrong with
that so I'll just continue. This post is about something that I've been working
on for a long time. :)
One of my greatest wish as well as New Year's Resolutions is to have a
better relationship with my youngest brother. I'll give you some background of
what going on...:
Nerille, being the youngest child obviously gets a lot of attention. When I
was younger, I used to get jealous and upset at him because of that. Being the
oldest child, people around me always told me, "Aiya, he's still young. Be
nice, he's your little brother after all." Pretty soon, a little seed of
bitterness began to grow in my heart. I became mean and spiteful toward him. I
remember distinctly saying nasty stuff to him; things like, "You're the
most annoying person ever," or "I'm not going to give you anymore
presents." Whatever he did, I deliberately went to find fault in it...
Anyways, things got quite bad. We always poked or hit each other every time we
crossed paths. Whenever our parents were busy or out, we would always quarrel
and most of the time, someone would end up crying.
Recently, we seemed to be less annoyed with each other. What I did was I
wrote a letter to my parents, telling them of my distress and asking for their
advice. They gave the common kind of
how-to-improve-your-relationship-with-your-sibling advice, like praying,
encouraging the other, etc. And, I decided that I'll give it a go. It's not
that these pieces of advice is new to me, but, it's just that it's so common
and boring that I didn't bother to do anything before. I knew it won't be easy,
but still, if you want something real bad, you'll not give up easily.
A month after I wrote to my parents, I received this letter from
you-know-who. It read,
Dear Jie Jie,
I want you (In our house, wanting another
family member is a way of saying 'I love you'. Please do not interpret that
wrongly. Much appreciated.^^)
and am sorry for being bad. Look here, Jie, I really want to have our
friendship back. Please, Jie. I know you don't like me, but still, try. Please.
I want you to be my best buddy. Honestly.
I will pray for you to be my best
buddy so please do the same. Thank you.
I <3 U
To: Jie Jie
I was pretty touched by that. :) I
mean how many 10-year-old kids today would write this kind of a letter to his
sister? Not many. This is also a huge encouragement to me, knowing that he also
wants a happy and healthy relationship with me.
Thank you, God, for such a great
Have a blessed day,