It’s quite surreal to think that my little brother has just turned 21 and that I’ve been able to watch his whole life unfurl over the years. What a privilege to be able to be part of every single big life event, a definite bonus of being the older sibling! It’s been a tiring, annoying, magnificent and beautiful adventure – I can’t deny we tried to kill each other a few times, but we’ve become the best of friends and there are few people I trust, love and respect more than my not-so-little brother. My heart beams with joy just thinking about the hundreds of memories we have together and the many more we have in store – from playing in the muddy garden, to adventures in London together! I have learnt so much about joy, life, determination and perseverance from Matthew, one of the only people I know who never gives up but also knows how to let go and have fun.
I’m so grateful I wasn’t left an only child for very long and got the biggest present (despite him being incredibly small when he arrived), in the form of my brother – looking back my childhood is a montage of memories of us growing up, so full and happy, having a best friend by my side through absolutely everything. I miss living at home and being able to create new memories (and make lots of popcorn) together.
In light of the big occasion, we held a little 21st celebration for the birthday boy! An evening filled with the clinks of champagne glasses, laughter, delicious aromas and an overflow of joy. A winter’s evening of family, friends and celebration of Matthew’s 21 amazing years.
So here are a few snaps of the lovely event.