A letter to… my little brother who passed away

The Guardian - Feb 16, 06:45 GMT

‘I would have dropped everything, done anything for you’: the letter you always wanted to writeWhen anyone asks whether I have any siblings, I say I have a younger brother

‘I would have dropped everything, done anything for you’: the letter you always wanted to write

When anyone asks whether I have any siblings, I say I have a younger brother. Some people ask more questions about you. How old is he? What does he do? I answer: “Oh, he passed away.”

Recently, someone asked why I say “have” and not “had”. It’s deliberate, I explained. I am a sister. A bossy, risk-averse, boundary-abiding, 31-year-old big sister. To be a big sister, you have to have a younger sibling, so...

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