Two truths and a lie, #2: deception revealed

In this post last week I started another little game of Two Truths and a Lie. What was the lie? It was…

(1) I had a secret rivalry with my older brother.

This was KIND OF a trick because our rivalry was never much of a secret. My brother Justin’s awesomeness often spurred me on to apply myself even more, and I almost managed to “beat” him a time or two (for example: although he’s four years older, he only graduated from college one semester before I did).

But this is also false in a broader sense because, while there might still be a playful rivalry between us (especially when we break out the games at family gatherings), when it matters we are each other’s biggest fans and supporters. The rivalry that flared back when we were tweens and teens is now a fierce friendship. (By the way, Justin gets all the credit for everything that’s right about my website. Without him, I’d probably still be trying to figure out how to plug in my laptop. Check out his awesome design work and services at

One thing I think about when I imagine Liam (someday) having a sibling is the importance of kids having different areas of strength or talent. I’m sure Justin and I would have been insane rivals if it weren’t for the fact that he was always more interested in math and science while I loved languages and literature. We both got excellent grades in all subjects (and I took all the advanced courses he did to prove that I could do just as well), but we each had “pet” areas.

And what about the truths revealed in the post? The truths–that I dropped out of high school at 16 and at one time wanted to live in a trailer–have their own stories. I promise I’ll tell all one of these days before long…


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