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Editorial: From the Edge

 by Megan Irwin  published on Thursday, January 26, 2006

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There's only one person in the world who really knows me. He's driven hours just to see me, held my hand during my most desperate lows and laughed with me through my highs. Is he some kind of super-boyfriend? Nope. He's my brother.

Since we were very young, Josh and I were inseparable. Even our fights had a feeling of camaraderie -- we'd scream, threaten each other and then promise, "I won't tell Mom if you won't."

People say it's odd for siblings to be so close, but I think it's weird when they're not. There's a bond forged between digging holes to China in the backyard and sneakily watching forbidden television shows -- in our house even "The Simpsons" were off limits -- that lasts long into adulthood. Maybe that cliche about blood, water and family is true.

Brothers John and Cheston Bailon (see "Modern Warriors," page 8) share the same connection Josh and I do. The two wax poetic about their childhood on the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico and say their bond is so strong that when one of them enlisted in the Army, the other had to follow. The two spent most of last year fighting in Iraq together, but not even the brutality of war could destroy the closeness they share.

I like to think it's the same for my brother and I. We've never endured violence together, but throughout the beautiful struggle of our lives so far, it's been comforting to know here's someone nearby -- someone who understands all the sweetness and darkness inside my head, without ever having to be told.

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