Happy Birthday, Dear Vladimir

The bestest little brother in the whole world. And yours truly. Modeling hats sold exclusively in Kiev's Hip Hop Shop.
The bestest little brother in the whole world. And yours truly. Modeling hats sold exclusively in Kiev's Hip Hop Shop.

13 is a funny age to be. When I was 13, I wore a lot of black, for example.

You, my dear “Volvo”, are different from me, but your Sweet 13 is no less funny. You’re living in a funny time. In a funny country. And the way you handle it already proves that you have more grace than I could ever hope for.

On your 13th birthday, and the advent of teenagedom, I wish for you an easier time in your studies. I hope that you encounter subjects and books that can really get your attention. I hope you continue your fascinating musical journey, from T.I. to Ratatat, and not forget your own musical talents in the process. I heard that mom and dad got you a guitar this year. Treat it as a sign from up high. ;

Look both ways when you cross the street. For every time that you don’t, you STILL owe me a ghrivna.

Be safe. Be lucky. Be healthy.

Be good to yourself. Know that you are loved.

I love you – I love the cheese omelets you make, I love how you tell jokes, I love your fierce loyalty and growing independence, I love how you have the most hilarious picture of me ever framed above your desk, I love how you have the best ringtones, I love how you get modern theater, I love hanging out with you downtown and wish we could do it more often, I love how you have your own inner world that not just anyone gets a peek at, I even love how you slam your door and blast Linkin Park.

I love that I have you with me in this world. Even though I’m mostly far away these days – your presence makes the distances a little smaller, and the steep Amman hills a little flatter.

Big up from Big Butt! And three cheers to you on your birthday.

5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dear Vladimir

  1. THak you , yes mom and dad got me a hand made guitar from Spain)))) I love you too, and I am glad that I have you)))))))))))))))))

  2. Aw, you two are adorable. Though, I must regret to inform you, he is not the bestest little brother in the world; that honor belongs to MY little brother. yours can be second-bestest. 😉

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