An Open Letter To The Girl Who Married My Brother

My lovely sister-in-law,

You have chosen to marry my crazy brother. Bless your heart.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve liked a girl my brother has brought around, and that’s no secret. In the past, he has chosen women who have not fit in with our family very well, reasonably so, because we are so strange (where else would he get it from?). That being said, I am so happy to be able to honestly say that he has finally gotten it right.

You are everything I ever could have wanted in a sister-in-law.

For years and years, I was the one sharing a deep love of superheroes with my brother. We would go to the movies on opening night and gab the whole time about how “that didn’t happen in the comics.” It was me (and our sister) he would talk sports with, especially football. It was me he’d gush to about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And while all of this still happens occasionally, it is now you who most often gets the privilege of having these conversations with him. I am so very jealous of you for that fact. However, if I had to give this up to anyone, I’m glad it’s to you.

My favorite thing that you’ve brought to this family is your ability to blend in and make fun of my brother as readily as the rest of us. I love knowing if I throw a joke at him, you’ll throw another one in to back me up (and then defend me if he forms a rebuttal, which he always does).

Thank you for not taking him away from us. Deciding to move in to a house walking distance away from ours really reinforced the love I know you have for our family. We are so happy he met someone who knows what family means to him. I can’t wait until the two of you have a family of your own for us all to love in return.

In you, I gained something I never knew I wanted: not just a sister-in-law, but another sister. I truly believe you are one of us, and it is no small feat to be able to get along with two sisters who are complete opposites. I know that she loves you just as much as I do, and is just as thankful that someone so sane has been able to hold down our brother.

Just remember… you chose to put a ring on it, and we don’t want him back now!


Your Very Grateful Sister-In-Law

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