After waiting for months, my brother returned to Louisville to a different city, a different younger brother and a different (potential) sister-in-law. However, he remained the same. It's ironic that with all that my world has changed, how little his world had. He still loved is job, (as far as I could tell), he still loved his life (nothing was shown to the contrary), he still loved his little brother (why that is I'll never know... j/k) and he still loved his girlfriend. He still lived in the same place, had the same hobbies, and enjoyed the same things. The only thing that had changed was me.
After spending the weekend with him, I am happy to report that I'm happy with the changes that I've made.
Well, at least most of them.
It's also a well known fact that my brother brings out the desire for a better life in myself but this time, I already had that in sight and a plan to pursue it. Now, I just gotta catch it. And for the record...
The life that I want to live is a slippery little bastard.
J has met two of the major girlfriends that I've had here in Louisville. And by major, I mean taken home to meet Mom. Annete had only met one, Lucia. And although they never say anything about them, for better or for worse, I can almost tell what he's thinking about them, at least. After all, J and I have a lot in common, even if DNA isn't one of them. But things were different when he met Elli. He seemed surprised by her. He smiled when she rubbed my head or when she protested me not giving her a kiss (for no other reason than I was getting up and didn't notice that she wanted one: not something that I plan to repeat). But then there was Friday morning...
No, before I go any further, I must admit that I am not the best with time.
Okay, that's a slight understatement but you get my point.
So, I was late getting to the Louisville Zoo on Friday and suffice it to say, Elsa wasn't really all that happy about that. Like not at all. But she was already with my brother and so when she was getting irritated with me and for a (pretty) good reason, J was the one who saw it. So after getting there with my adorable niece (always have a cute kid on hand to diffuse your girlfriend, trust me it helps :-P) she cooled down after about fifteen minutes, which is pretty standard. After exploring the Zoo, J and Annete had to leave to get their race packets and registration stuff for the big day. Which left me and Elsa alone with my niece. The rest of the Zoo trip went pretty well, lots of fun and oohs and ahhs from the pint sized terrorist. Oh, and my niece was impressed too. (Hahaha, love you, couldn't help myself)
After the Zoo and reuniting with my brother and sister, we went to the Indian Creek Winery which was great except for the fact that Elli doesn't really drink. Rather than say no, she tried a few samples and even found one that she kind of liked. The price was her feeling sick for a chunk of the day afterwards, but she never complained. It was after this that I saw the first difference in the way J and Annete reacted to Elsa, compared to those in the past. There was no playful teasing from my dear brother (and subsequently, a chiding from my sister). He apologized, and thanked her for trying them anyway. Which hadn't happened in the past. I guess the company that you keep is a big deal in how the people around you react.
Well, later on in the day, Friday after an excellent sushi dinner with my brother and sister, we eventually had to go get clothes so that we could spend the night together. The drive to LaGrange was... enlightening but unfortunately, the questions that I got answered left me with even more questions. However, that's not what you're here to hear, huh? You're here to hear what's this all go to do with being perfect?
Well, I'll be running the Derby mini-marathon next year... and the Air Force Half Marathon.
What better way to test my new-found physical fitness then to run 13.1 miles for not real good reason?
I guess if you don't shoot for the moon, you'll never know how good your aim is, huh?