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  • My little brother: George.

    It's my third week back from University for the Easter break, and I've been working day after day at McDonald's. I'm tired, unimpressed and slowing falling into a vivid state of half depression, half boredom, like many other Students do. I'm mindlessly watching something on my laptop, barely concentrating on what's going on around me, the joyful laughter of George as my parent's bathe him in the deep cream bathtub we have upstairs.

    Suddenly it stops, and he begins to shout for my sister.

    'Abbie, Abbie, Abbie.'

    It's been a good couple of months since he began to speak. It began with a 'no', and moved onwards, learning Mummy, Daddy, Grandma and even the Cat's name, 'Tigger.'

    But not mine.

    I'd try and try, bending down to eye level and repeating 'Tom, Tom, Tom', but he would look at me blankly, or smile, as if inside he knew and was enjoying torturing my soul.

    So when it happened suddenly, I wasn't even concentrating. Suddenly there was shouting, my Mum screaming from the top of the stairs and my sister joining in excitement.

    'Tom, Tom, Tom,' they were wailing. I looked up from my laptop, kicked back my chair and leaned my head up the stairs. Slowly I heard him. Little George, yelping 'Tom, Tom, Tom' in union.

    And from then until now, he'll scream it from the rooftops whenever he wants me, whether I'm on the other side of the supermarket, or sitting solemnly beside him in the same room. It makes me think about everything I miss out on being here at University, but at the same time, ensures that I appreciate my time with him, playing, watching him adapt and grow.

    But most of all, I can't wait for the future, when I can wind him up endlessly, give him rides to see his girlfriend (or boyfriend, who knows), lend him a few quid or buy him a drink in the pub. I can't wait until the Big Brother role really comes into play and I can be somebody he looks up to. I think having that, stirring in the back of my mind, pushes me to make a difference.

    A big one.
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