Growing up my brother and I were always close (despite the usual sibling spats) and we did a lot of the same activities, had overlapping friend groups, and liked a lot of the same things. We're only a year and a half apart. It's been crazy over the last year to see him step into parenthood with my sister-in-law and take on a totally new role as a loving, energetic, and thoughtful dad. It's hard to describe what it feels like to see that happen from the sibling perspective but it's been one of the most fulfilling/life-affirming experiences I've ever had. He has been such an inspiring big brother and can't wait to see my niece continue to learn and grow with them as her parents. She is so lucky.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based in Mansfield, MA.