Expressions portrait photos #06: My brother is annoying…

Siblings bicker, but then, just occasionally, there are moments of harmony

My brother is annoying. He is 6. I’m told that all 6 year olds irritate their siblings, but as far as I can remember, The Bug has been annoying since birth. My Mum would have it that he’s cute, given as he is to bear hug cuddling; she claims he is sensitive, referencing his tendency to literally drag her to me if I suffer an injury; and she is convinced he is kind, citing his inclination to share his teddies if one of us is feeling down. But I know him better than anyone. Hello?! How do you think he got his nickname?

He whistles. Much as I try, I can’t manage a puckered sibilant, so I do my best to ignore it. But hiding irritation is not my strong point, and once he’s twigged, he won’t stop. So I sing: Let it Go (Frozen) is a current favourite, particularly since the film he once adored now brings him out in a fury. I can sing that line for hours. The Bug never bothered me anyway…

He eats with his mouth open. If I look at him over my waffles. Ordinarily a polite eater, if he catches me watching him I’m treated to a full-on display of his calorific intake. Ticking him off mother-style only serves to prolong the agony. Why does he listen to our mum, but blatantly ignore me when I say the same thing? I make sarcastic faces at him over my cereal. He whines, and I get into trouble.

He enters my room without asking, yet kicks me out of his every morning as I offer my standard issue greeting of “get dressed now.” He edges into my territory in the bath, whines when I use the only purple LEGO brick, and complains to M&D when I gently nudge him out of my way in the coat cupboard.

But I miss him when I’m away from him. His giggle is hysterical, and I’m the best at making him laugh. He totally gets my particular brand of daft. When he’s down it is my mission to find that laugh and work it until he forgets. I’m the first person he wants to see in the morning, and I rarely pass his room without checking in with him. When asked what cereal he wants in the morning, he checks on my choice first. He won’t stay on the trampoline once I’ve climbed off. He’s increasingly better than me at football, but it’s me he wants to pass the ball to.

Maybe he’s not so annoying after all. Yeah, actually, he is…



33 thoughts on “Expressions portrait photos #06: My brother is annoying…”

    • Yes we were in a hotel room with white duvets and they were post bath wrapped in white towels. White makes a huge difference to the light reflections on their faces – much easier to photograph!

  1. I love these Helen – especially that top one because GG looks so different to any photo I’ve seen of her before – she is growing up so fast! x

  2. I love these photos so silly, fun and happy. Nothing better than that from your two kiddies. I love as they get older than show more of their personalities in photos and playful side! #siblings

  3. I have a sister and we were little she would follow me all over the house. Like I am a shadow thats not a shadow =P Thats annoying. Whats worse is that my mother would dress us the same =P

    But now I am here and she is in Manila. I miss her annoying me.

    • Ooh I never did understand that dressing the same thing – it looks cute but it must be irritating. Manila – man that’s a long way ๐Ÿ™

  4. What a wonderful post Helen. GG looks so grown up in that first photo. Wonderfully taken as is the second one – love that face Bug is pulling. Brilliant! Hope you’ve had a good week x

  5. GG, just wanted to share that my twin daughters found one another annoying & now that they’ve left home & gone to uni – they miss each other so much! Lovely photos btw – you’re both completely adorable!

  6. Fantastic post, it sounds like my two down to a tee and I can’t wait to see this carry on as they get a bit older ๐Ÿ™‚ #siblings

  7. These are some fab pics, Helen! They just look like they’re having so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚ My girls are closely spaced and as different as any two people can possibly be; they’re either best friends or sworn enemies…I can’t wait to see their relationship evolve as they grow. I’ve always missed having a brother and in my little romantic head, imagine that we would’ve been the best of friends, these pics brought that back to me ๐Ÿ™‚ x


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