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Rebuilt Brotherly Love

My brother and I are only 2 years apart in age, but over the last 15 years it seems like we\'ve grown miles apart with busy lives, relationships, and our own businesses. Growing up, we moved around a lot between SK and AB, and never really fit in.. Not that it mattered since we were moved off to the next town after a year or two each time anyways. We were best friends by default, but the bond was real. After high school, as all kids do, we went our separate ways to conquer the world. I moved to the mountains, he stayed home. We got involved in our own trouble, separate from each other, but I\'d assume we were both more critical of the others\' choices than we were our own. Fast forward years and years, and I bought tickets for my wife and I for the Edmonton concert in Feb 2015. She can\'t stand the Hip (I love her anyways), and at the last minute suggested I ask my brother to go with me. I hadn\'t really considered it, since we were really \"hang out and go to concerts\" close for years, but I thought I\'d ask anyway. We grew up on the Hip, in different prairie towns, so he jumped at the chance to see them live. When we were at the show, it was kind of like taking a new client on a round of golf or meeting an acquaintance for lunch somewhere unfamiliar; it wasn\'t very warm or natural at first. Once the show started, we got into it. Both of us were singing the lyrics and having a lot of fun. Then \"Ahead by a Century\" came on and it slowed things down, and really took us back to growing up in the prairies, moving around, and being the only friend the other had. I\'ll never admit to shedding a tear, but it was a pretty great moment for us to share, and since then we\'ve been the Best Man at each others\' weddings and make time to hang out again.

Submitted by: Vance Bosch

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