While at times it's hard, having a brother with autism is the most rewarding thing in my life. Eric is the most intelligent, humorous, caring, loving, talented, dedicated and trustworthy person I know. He can memorize every cast member to a movie; remember the exact date of things that happened years ago and can sing any Broadway song you could think of. Even though I'm older Eric never lets me forget that he is half a foot taller than me. Any chance he gets he will come stand next to me, moving his hand from the top of his head to mine, getting the biggest smirk on his face. Cracks me up every time. If ever I'm upset or sad Eric is always right there with a box of tissues telling me it's okay followed by giving me one of his huge bear hugs. He'll even start to make funny faces at me to get me to laugh. Eric is awesome at singing, drawing, writing, dancing, playing guitar, baking, and playing sports. He never fails to impress me with the things he can do. Eric would never think about missing a day of work. He could be sick or have the option to go on a field trip and would always choose to go to work. I love being able to hang out with my brother any chance I get. That is one thing I regret about going to college four ours away from home. He is an easy kid to miss. When I am home on break it's like we were never apart. We are both still a pair of goofy siblings always laughing and having a good time together. And I must admit I feel like the coolest person in the world when we do our personal handshake. (We made that up over ten years ago.) Throughout the years Eric has opened my eyes to a different way of thinking and I am by far a better person because of it. He is the greatest brother I could ever ask for and I'm certainly honored to be his sister. I love my dude very much! (Laura Smith- Sibling)
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