My Dear Asher, I know you’re in the thralls of puberty and just about anything self-esteem building is far outside your conception at the moment, BUT I’m going to do this anyway.
When people ask about my siblings, it is always a personal source of pride to explain who each of my brothers and sister are and what they accomplish.
You are completely unique, Asher. Wit, imagination, sarcasm, eclecticism, intelligence, and creativity ooze from your laughter and conversation. I am always proud to be your big sister, whether you be constructing new worlds or impersonating odd characters. I miss you.
Being around a lot of people trying to be cool has reinforced in my mind that my entire family is seriously freaking cool. I like to keep a note of quotes from my life/I find/other people’s stories. Below are a few of my favorites from Asher. When I’m sad or homesick, I go read them and I’m laughing aloud by the time I’m finished.
I am thankful to have a brother who can manage that even from halfway round the world.
My mom was explaining what reincarnation was and how people can apply it to their lives if they choose. Asher gave her an incredulous look and said “Reincarnation? Next thing you’re gonna come to me and say ‘I think we should start sacrificing goats.'”
It was a legitimate fear of Asher’s that he would not be taller than me because of how much he teased me for being “short.” Some of the best insults I’ve ever heard came from him about my height. For example, I missed a frisbee throw from him, (I swear it was half a meter above my head), and without skipping a beat he hurls this my way too: “You can’t play frisbee with an ant, much less you.”
One day Asher discovered the endless possibilities of spouting nonsense and pretending it’s deep. Resulting in “You never question the gender of a kangaroo, right?” and “Roses *dramatic pause* because they know how to live.”
I’m pretty used to frank observations of my appearance. But they tend to be most amusing when coming from him. “Abiel you look like a pink Snow White.” After my hair faded from bright blue to light blue, I was greeted with “You don’t look like Gatorade anymore. More like a toxic mushroom. Maybe a radioactive whale.” When it was spiky, I got “If the sky and a hedgehog had a baby, that would be you.”
Sometimes his quips were best served with others involved.
Asher: I eat souls.
Friend: Are you the devil?
Friend: Devil’s son? Apprentice– Asher: Yes.
Friend: Unpaid intern? You’re the apprentice?
Asher: I’m the princess. I’m the devils princess. I had to apply pretty young
Asher: Once I crash I’ll slow down.
Judah: I have a great new braking system. TREES!
Asher: The moon hates the sun as everyone knows.
Friend: The sun ruins a perfectly good night by making it day.
*Asher walks in with a poster copy of the Declaration of Independence* “Is this the Declaration of Independence?”
“Oh good. I thought I stole the wrong thing.”
Friend: Do I look like I’m selling drugs out of your house?
Asher: I was wondering where those went.
And then come all his random comments, observations, and commentary on how the world works and what he thinks of it…or just his randomness.
“Head over heels doesn’t make any sense. Your head is literally always over your heels. If anything it should be heels over head”
“The Avengers Civil War is like an intense board game and Black Panther is that one guy that takes it way to seriously”
“I would hate to work at a car wash. Like, if I ever come to you and say ‘I’m working at a carwash’ that’s when I’ve reached my lowest point.”
“Oh I’m so happy!—Hey! Jaywalker! Jaywalker! JayRUNNER!…Oh don’t pretend you’re innocent.”
“Sometimes I’m really happy with society…most of the time I’m not.”
“I don’t fight as much as you. But I like to think I’m better at it.”
“I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I’m saying I’m right”
“I think pi is infinity’s offspring”
“Don’t be ashamed of being ugly. You’ll never be killed and put on a plaque.”
“Milk and juice?! That’s my favorite band!
“My daddy only had red hair on Fridays.”
“I know why hearts are considered the emotional part. Because hearts pump blood and when you fall in love, you bleed. And you DIE.”
“I’m not saying you’re gonna die. Torture is also an option.”
“I can laugh and be miserable. It’s called multitasking.”
They don’t always make sense. And I don’t think they are supposed to. He’s just living and observing and talking until we are left wondering how a human could be as creative and witty as this. I look forward to the day we travel together.
Happy Birthday! Welcome to teenhood. It’s awesome.
“Whoa whoa whoa what the hell”