"I see Guano checking in often... your mention of the other brother makes me curious about him."
Not the first time that's happened. Surely, I've mentioned oldest brother Hagrid here before, though, since he's got the blog name and all.
Even these days, I'll be talking with someone I went through school with and I'll mention Hagrid, and they'll be all, "What? I didn't know you had another brother!" Hagrid probably gets the same from his classmates, "What? You have a little brother and sister?!"
Brother Guano is two years older than I am. Brother Hagrid is fifteen years older than I am. For thirteen years, Hagrid was an only child. It's like my parents did a "Round 2" with Guano and me.
I hardly remember the time when Hagrid lived at home with us. He left for college right after graduating high school, and so I mainly remember him coming home on breaks or us going to visit him when I was a kid.
I need to mention first off that Hagrid is a scientist for the gubberment. As such, photos of him aren't allowed on social sites. Nevertheless, I present here, brother Hagrid:
Okay, I hear what you're thinking! "Abby's full of crap - saying her brother is this secret government guy, then posts a supposed pic of him all 007!"
But really! It's him! So happens he got married recently, so this is a most recent pic. The nuptials explain the tuxedo in the woods, he's not normally so James Bond.
My sister-in-law happily shared a few nice photos of the wedding online, none of which included the groom. In her words,
"That's what I get for marrying Mr. Get Smart."
When I was a kid, brother Hagrid was always a bit of an idol for me. I have shadowy memories of his room, but one thing I clearly remember was his radio equipment. He had a ham radio setup at home, long long long before the internet. I knew not to touch any of it - no doubt that had been drilled into me from infancy - but I remember his desk just covered. Later he told me he'd communicated with people as far away as Japan.
There was a radio antenna that towered over our 2-story house. I remember Hagrid disassembling it, climbing to the top and removing piece by piece until there was nothing left but the base. The base is still in the backyard. My mom put a big planter on it.
Then he had that cool government scientist job. What wasn't to idolize?
Here's another rare photo from the archives from when we were kids that highlights the age difference a bit more.
Hagrid was 20 years old here. Brother Guano and I were... not.
As you can see, Hagrid's appearance hasn't changed all that much. Hopefully my hair has.
Nowadays, the age difference seems to have shrunken considerably. He's my big brother, but I've never known him as a kid like I have Guano. Sometimes I look at old photos or my parents will relate some story from when they were young parents with baby Hagrid on the other side of the world. Was that really the same family I know? Yes and no.
So that's brother Hagrid.
Much more and I'd have to shoot ya.