You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
There is no other family relationship quite like it! Rivalry, competition, camaraderie, love, and support--all are found in the bond between brothers and sisters. Reflecting on the nuances of this special connection, Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating Brothers and Sisters is filled with heartfelt stories that honor this unique relationship.
Chuckle as you recollect childhood squabbles and occasional teamwork between you and your sibling. Relive the struggles and frustrations you went through while growing up with someone you found difficult to understand. Reflect on the poignant details of the sometimes painful path toward reconciliation in adulthood. This remarkable collection illustrates the ups and downs of life with that special family member, your brother or your sister.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating Brothers and Sisters honors the strength of this family bond. These heartwarming tales of brothers and sisters illustrate the constant redefinition of their relationships and friendships throughout the years. Filled with humorous, thoughtful, and heartfelt memories and experiences, this extraordinary book celebrates the power and strength of having a friend in the family who will be there for you throughout your life.
About the Author
Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield are the co-creators of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Dahlynn McKowen is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause and Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul.
Dahlynn McKowen and her husband, Ken McKowen—who wrote The Highroad Guide to the California Coast—are the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul and the award-winning Best of California's Missions, Mansions, and Museums. The two are owners of Publishing Syndicate, a writing, editing, and ghostwriting company that caters to publishers and high-profile clients (www.PublishingSyndicate.com).
Hometown:Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:Fort Worth, Texas
Education:B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
Read an Excerpt
Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
The auctioneer pointed at my brother and said, 'Sold!' Paul was the proud new owner of a 1989 collector's edition teddy bear, still sealed in its original box. Paul's eyes flashed with dollar signs when he picked up his newly purchased item.
Paul has always been interested in antiques, and even though this fluffy white bear wasn't an antique yet, he anticipated that it would definitely be worth holding onto. The see-through box that preserved the 'priceless' creature appeared to be in perfect condition. Because the seal had never been broken, as Paul very well knew, the value of the innocent-looking stuffed animal was significantly boosted.
That was three years ago. Even then, at the tender age of twenty-four, I had not yet outgrown my passion for cute, cuddly, stuffed animals. And this bear was no exception. To Paul, it was merely an investment. To me, however, the plush white fur, the velvet red dress, and the black button nose all seemed to cry out for only one thing—love! I was holding the box on my lap for the long drive home when I suggested, 'Let's open the box.'
Shock and disbelief almost made my older brother run the car off the road. 'Are you crazy?' he asked. I knew that money and greed were his motives for keeping the box closed forever. But the more he resisted, the more adamant I became about wanting to release that stuffed bear from her lifelong imprisonment.
Our 'Battle of the Bear' had begun. For the next few years, each time I visited his home, that 1989 collector's edition teddy bear was modestly displayed for all guests to 'ooh' and 'aah' over. I remained firm in my beliefs that no stuffed animal should be denied the ultimate embrace of human love. We were at an impasse because according to my stubborn brother, that bear would never take one breath of fresh air. Its value came from the fact that it was sealed in its original box. I had no chance of ever changing his mind.
Then hard times fell upon my brother. An unfortunate financial catastrophe surfaced at an inopportune time of year—Christmas. We had always exchanged expensive, lavish gifts. That particular year, however, he sadly explained he would not be able to afford our usual gift exchange. But Christmas is more about giving than receiving, so I went ahead as usual with my holiday shopping, expecting nothing in return.
Christmas morning arrived. We gathered at our parents' house to exchange presents. It was a happy time, and I delighted in giving gifts to my family. When all the presents were finally unwrapped, Paul disappeared for a moment and then returned with a big, beautifully wrapped box. Paul handed the gift to me, mumbling that it wasn't much. In disbelief that he got me anything at all, I tore open the gift: it was his collector's edition teddy bear, still encased in its clear box. He said, 'Now you can do with it what you please.'
For some people, greed over receiving a valuable collector's item might have intervened in the moment that followed, but for me there was never any doubt. I ripped off the lid to the box and, for the first time, let this stuffed animal bask in fresh air and human love. To most, this 'collector's item' is now worth nothing. But to me, my beloved stuffed bear will remain forever priceless.
©2007. Sandra Toney. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating Brothers and Sisters by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Ken McKowen, Dahlynn McKowen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i highly recommed this book to any brother or sister. I have an older brother who just turned 18. He will be leavin to go to collage as soon as he get out of high school. I read this book to remained me of all the good times we've had through the years.I will miss my brother alot even though we fight alot. It doesnt matter hes my brother and i love him very much. this book touched my heart. I never knew that i will miss him this much. Even though he will be gone the bond between a brother and a sister can never ever be broken. I LOVE MY BROTHER ALOT and i will MISS HIM ALOT.