Today is my brother’s birthday and I figured that today I would try and write the issues that have been festering about my feelings about my brother. Now don’t get me wrong here, I don’t hate him or even dislike him, but there are issues revolving around my family pertaining to him.
I guess I will start with the present situations with my brother and my father. Dad has been sick now for quite a while, and at the present time dad is having memory problems, incontinence issues and he is having difficulties walking. I will start with the incontinence issues. I was just at my dad/brother’s house and realized that dad is not cleaning himself properly, and issues like this could bring on a world of other issues. His not being able to walk around easily enough is also a reason why he is not cleaning himself properly since he has to climb stairs to do so. Six months ago I told my brother that he really needs to get going on building up the bathroom downstairs for my father and here now six months later nothing is done about this issue.
I have also brought to my brother’s attention that dad has great long term health insurance and that I have contacted a wonderful home health care center that will visit dad three days a week for three hours each time and my brother shot it down. Now at this point you all must be thinking why not just go through my father about getting a home health care person in. I have. Now is the time to bring up a bit of the past.
My brother is the golden child. He has been since the day my parents had brought him home. I can’t understand why this is. Maybe it is one of two reasons or both. You see my brother was the only boy and he was also the only one of us that was adopted as an infant. I am guessing those could be the reasons but I am not sure. What I don’t get is that my brother was also the major problem child growing up. Our lives revolved around how he would react to issues and my sister and I were left to our own devices. Even when my parent split and it was me and my brother living with my mom she still took the time to check in with us at times, but as soon as my brother left to live with dad as a teen my mom seemed to pretty much check out as a parent and it felt as though I was on my own at 14 yrs old.
I think what pisses me off the most about my dad issues is the fact that my father has given the house to my brother and actually my brother has never in his life paid rent, because he has lived in my dad’s house since he was fifteen years old and dad never asked him for rent. Actually my brother basically pays no major bills. Yes I am jealous, I have had to struggle all my life and each time I visit dad/brother’s house there is a sting I feel when I see all the things my brother gets to buy for himself. Even food shopping with him is crazy. I always buy sales and look for them. An example is boneless chicken breast, I refuse to pay more than $2.50 a pound and there was my brother just picking up one and it was over four dollars. I know I am being small and petty about all this but I wonder, is this shit ever going to end. Will I be recognized for all the struggles I have gone through? I am not saying that my parents don’t say things about the things I have done, but it would be nice to not have my father say something about my strengths and then in the same breath mention how great my brother is.
Even yesterday because of my father’s memory problems, I called him up to remind him that today was my brother’s birthday. And like I said, I don’t dislike my brother and honestly I am not sure he even knows that he is the golden child. My brother is basically disconnected with people and don’t really pick up on those things. And I am not saying he doesn’t care about my father or anything like that. He just doesn’t know that he is doing anything wrong as far as my father’s care goes. There are so many things that scare me about my father being in his care, but there is nothing I can do about it. With my sister having passed away my father has chosen my brother to be the one in charge of his care and since that is what dad has chosen I have decided that I will step back and let my father have his way and I will help when asked. After all it was his decision and there is nothing I can do about it.
I know this was a major rant blog and honestly I didn’t even touch into the issues pertaining to my brother and mother but this has been long enough and honestly if anyone has even gotten this far in the blog I would be majorly surprised. No picture today since I am not in the mood and I will write soon and let you all know about the classes I am taking and things related to school, but I think I needed to get this out. TTFN