happy birthday Coren!

Coren's graduation from nursing school, May 2012

My brother Coren had a birthday (okayyy, yesterday)!

When I think of Coren, I think of two things: my entire family laughing so hard around the table, and music of all kinds.

Since my family is so big, we can rank (even to third place) things like "funniest", "smartest", "slowest". Coren has won the funniest category for as long as I can remember, and I'm told it's been since he learned to talk (because then Galina's funny days were oh.ver.). I can't describe his sarcastic, witty humor, that's also very smart and peppered with South Park and various movie quotes. His random funny catchphrases and memories of myself and the twins when we were younger have become laughs for our entire family.

I've told several people that the first music video I ever saw was Weezer's Buddy Holly, and I'm pretty sure that was because of Coren. I have so many memories of sitting between my older brothers in the backseat of our van as they listened to their walkmans together. It was driving with Coren to school in 6th grade (he dropped me off, sometimes across the street from my middle school, on his way to high school) that exposed me to rock and alternative for the first time ever, we listened to channel 104.9 every single day. Even now hearing old Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, or Smashing Pumpkins takes me back to riding in his little teal car, thinking I was the coolest driving to school with my older brother. And since then, as recently as two days ago, he sends me music that he knows I will love. Coren is also an awesome self-taught musician and I love being home and getting to hear him jam with Tarif and play covers where I get to sing sometimes!

Apart from my two strongest memories, Coren has worked super hard over the past few years to become an RN. I'm so proud of him! He always has good, (usually funny), methodical advice to give over the phone. I'm really thankful to have a brother that is equally wise and compassionate.

Coren, happiest of birthdays to you! I love you! 


Andrea Fer said...

I love this!! Every bit of it!! Happy Belated Birthday to Coren. I hope Galina has a chance to make a comeback :)

Anonymous said...

Priya, I so love this post! It's so wonderful to read something a bit different and I loved you talking about ranking your siblings. I so love the Buddy Holly video - great music and so funny, sounds like a good video match to your brother! XX

Unknown said...

And a very happy birthday to your brother! X

The Braided Bandit said...

Priya this is the sweetest birthday post for your brother! He sounds like a pretty cool dude :) Also, wanna know how I know it's been way too long? You got an awesome haircut a batrillion years ago (okay, like a month or so?) and I didn't even know about it! It looks great!
xo Hannah

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

What a sweet post dedicated to your brother! Cherishing those memories and things we've learned from siblings is one of the greatest blessings in life. Wishing the happiest of birthdays to your brother! :)

Coren said...

Wow, this was so sweet, and really fun to read! It really made me laugh, too :D Thank you all for the birthday wishes, very kind of you. Aren't I a lucky guy to have such a cool sister? Love you, and miss you Priya

Lauren @ Exploring My Style said...

This is super sweet! Happy birthday Coren!
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