19 Mar


When I was 12 years old, my mom dropped a bomb on me- I was going to become a sister. What? But I like being the only child I wanted to scream! Why didn’t anybody run this by me first?! Once I did come to terms with the fact that a baby was coming into my life and that  sadly it wouldn’t be all about me anymore, I started to get excited!! A baby was coming to live with us! What a novelty. None of my  friends were getting new babies in their families (it’s most definitely a perk to divorce and 2nd marriages) and I felt pretty special!!

I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. He was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen and I immediately fell in love with him. He was mine! He was my brother and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. My mother wanted to name him Harry- I thought that was a terrible idea. Harry?? I didn’t like the idea of having a brother named Harry (ugh the problems of a 12-year-old). It wasn’t in my plan so I told her I thought he should be named Nikolas because I thought he looked like a Nikolas. I must have been pretty convincing because I got my way. Enter in Nikolas….aka Nikster.

Over the last 17 years, Nik has gone from being my cute little brother with crazy gorgeous curls, who had crushes on my girlfriends and a thing for belly buttons, dinosaurs, airplanes and yugioh cards, to one of my best friends. Seriously, this kid is interesting- way more interesting than most 17 year olds. He’s so smart, creative, witty and funny. I am constantly wowed by him. Talk about talented- Nik is amazing with a camera. He’s been making films for years and most recently created his own youtube channel for his funny videos. One of them has over 600,000 views! How crazy is that- my brother is a you tube star. But it’s not the numbers that impress me most but rather his drive. Nik is the most driven and talented kid I know.

I feel lucky to be his sister. My life is richer because of him. I think he knows that I would do anything for him. I would drive to the ends of the earth to make his dreams come true because I take being his sister very seriously.


10 Responses to “111”

  1. the domestic fringe March 19, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    what a really sweet post!

  2. maternalmedia March 19, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Share his youtube channel (if you can)…I loved reading this post. You are lucky to have him in your life and I am sure he feels the same way about you.

    • darlynschimmel March 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Can you imagine how I felt when I readf that….It was beautiful!!!!

      • katemcclafferty March 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

        Darlyn, I’m so happy you liked it!!!!!

  3. rebecca koo March 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Just catching up….I can’t believe I have been off line so much to have missed almost a whole week!

    SO loved the post about the tango! Suits 365til30 perfectly….finding out that some dreams are not what you thought and it is time to change direction. Way to go.

    And this about your brother. How wonderful. My oldest son cried when we told him we were “surprise!” having another baby. Now I love to see them together in the brother-zone. Love how you love those in your life. Makes you all the more beautiful!

  4. M. M March 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    How can you not love this guy……… and his sister! Beautiful post!!!!!


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