It is my birthday tomorrow. It is his birthday tomorrow. More than anything, I am thankful to have been born on the same day as this wonderful human. My twin brother Jesse has been such an inspiration to me throughout my postgraduate life. He received his Masters degree in Social Work from Kutztown University. I also need to mention that he completed this in an accelerated year and a half program. (So impressive.) Jesse is now making an impact with his work with homeless youth in Pennsylvania. He eat, sleeps, and breathes his work. There is no separation. I understand that being a social worker is a difficult job, but I have never known anyone to spend days at a time at their place of work. He makes it clear that he would do anything for these children.
And he has always been this person. If you have ever met my brother, you know the extent of his service career. His resume must look incredible. He began volunteering in elementary school and never stopped. He volunteered at A Woman’s Place in Doylestown for years, created an anti-racism group called Stand To Unite, and devoted much of his time and energy into fundraising for various organizations. He led a feminist group at Kutztown and was able to raise enough money to get Gloria Steinem to speak. My mother was in attendance that day and I believe that was the moment she picked her favorite child. (Just kidding Kim.)
While having this kind of sibling has made me self-conscious about what I put back into the world, it has also made me proud every single day of my life. Happy Birthday, Brother Bear. I am so very grateful you were born.