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  • My brother met the love of his life in 2004. I remember very clearly the phone calls between us when he had met her. I was studying in Barcelona at the time doing my semester abroad and he was living in Boston working. He was tormented by this girl. One day she liked him, the next day she wanted to be “just friends”. I told him to move on, that she was just playing games with his head and she wasn’t worth it. But, I hadn’t met her and was just being over protective of my brother.

    A few months later when I had returned from Spain, our family took a trip to Mexico and my brother brought Rachel. I was cold initially, afterall; my first impression of her was that she wasn’t serious about my brother. After I got over it I got to know Rachel better and I got to see how happy she made my brother. In 2006 I graduated from college and moved to New York for the summer to live around the corner from them. They had moved to Brooklyn for my brother’s career. It was an incredible experience and it was during that summer that I too fell in love with Rachel, in a completely platonic, sisterly way. I was also fortunate enough to see what a strong, committed and easy relationship looked like. It gave me so much hope for myself.

    Fast forward 6 years, Rachel is my sister-in-law, but the “in-law” is just a title. They have given me a beautiful niece, Alexandra, who I am head over heels in love with. Rachel is the kind of mother I hope to be one day and my brother has made me incredibly proud. I truly believe that if it weren't for the example they set for me, I would not have recognized how special my relationship is with my now husband. Everyone needs a couple to admire.
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