An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Friday, January 30, 2015

Big Brother, Little Brother

When Nicholas was home for Christmas he had a little shadow, for wherever he went and whatever he did Timothy was glued to his side. Timothy sat next to his older brother on the couch, during dinner, in church. If Nicholas was working on the computer, Timothy would play with his Legos nearby. When Nicholas came home from work, Timothy would be waiting for him at the back door.

It was so sweet to see -- older brother mentoring, humoring, teasing, playing, and talking with his little shadow. Needless to say, baby brother blossomed with all that attention and felt a little lost when school resumed after the holidays.

But then came yesterday's letter from Nicholas, addressed to Timothy. A letter ... just for him.

And not just any letter.

It was three typed pages in which Nicholas, who knows how much his little brother loves Britain's Top Gear, described how he used the Forza video game to create his own Top Gear challenge. He sent a photo of the three cars he selected (a Ferrari California, a Lotus Evora, a Mercedes SLS AMG), a map of the virtual racetrack, and the rules for the challenge:

1- Two laps around a German racetrack, fastest time wins.
2- No using the rewind button.

And just like the show, Nicholas then went over the results: the Ferrari California had the best handling, but was the slowest; the Lotus Evora was faster, but harder to control; the Mercedes SLS AMG, despite a 360 degree spin, managed to come in with the fastest time.

It was the perfect letter from a big brother to his little brother, who couldn't stop smiling the rest of the afternoon. Of course, after dinner Timothy set up his own Top Gear challenge, and his results (in a three page typed letter) are already in today's mail heading to Clemson.

The smile was there for the rest of the day.

A letter ... all for Timothy.

Nicholas' shadow.

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