Bill: (n) a common English name, short for William
- I have a brother
- His name might be Bill.
- We grew up in the same house.
There all similarities cease.
Our parents were doing their business of child-rearing in a season when discipline and alienation of children from the common conversation was considered prudent.
So accidentally they pitted all five of us sons against each other, competing for their affection and even the last pork chop on the platter.
So a couple of decades ago I tried to establish an adult relationship with my brother based on the affinity we might possess as partakers of a common mother.
It went poorly.
There was an immediate jockeying for position based upon age, education, experience and just general superiority.
I tried not to participate in the tug of war, but still found myself doing a bit of tugging.
Over the years, the situation has evolved to its present status of an occasional phone call which, if brief, normally remains civil. If it extends too long, old wounds are exposed and the common infections associated with brotherly familiarity surface with a vengeance.
So to a certain extent, Bill is my bill.
He is a price I pay for growing up in a family which was not close enough to remain loyal, but still has enough genetics to needfully and purposefully interact.