I left my brother’s home to save my dog and our relationship.
Neither one of us respected each other anymore and being who I am, I needed to pull back before I decorated the walls with his teeth. Walls made in the 50s out of steel that let you hang pictures with magnets and move them in an instant; tucked securely in a neighborhood on my favorite street in the town I grew up in. A wide and slightly winding road that local elementary schools use as part of a historical field trip, overgrown with maple’s and oaks that stretch to the moon and back, casting shadows like clouds and creating a dome that echoed safety and sung delicately: “Home.”
Wearing out your welcome is like wearing out a pair of jeans.
A few holes is fine, even preferred, but once the crotch is gone you better pitch em’, otherwise every time you wear them, all anyone can think of is “what an ass.” I supported my brother while he finished college and he supported my when I started CrossFit. If it was a transaction, you could say we were even. As children we defined ourselves early and well; him the boy that would become a great father and husband, me lucky to avoid prison. You can always tell the ones, like my brother, who’ll be great family men from the ones, like me, who won’t. Some people can just cook, others burn toast.
From the white picket fence that fell at the kiss of a breeze, to the scorching porch that doubled as a first story roof, I adored everything about that little sky blue house. Leaving it was grueling, but it was worth it.
My dog, the one I loved more than any home and most humans, died a year later. Leaving bought me a year’s worth of walks in the country and cleaning his drool when I made dinner. Missing my metal mansion on my favorite street makes me despise the place I live now more by the day, but I’m thankful I have somewhere to sleep that’s not the ground, and most importantly, I still have a relationship with my brother that could have ended if I wasn’t willing to make the hard choice.
The best decisions are the hardest to make and the most painful to follow through with. We don’t appreciate them until much later, when we’re different people who value others more than things.
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