Families depend on each other a lot. They show each other how to handle problems, and they support each other when help is needed. They show how to set goals and they care for one another. The person I really depend on is my brother. I just want him to be around when I need him. My mom, I really don’t depend on because I know she is going to be here regardless. But my brother…I depend on him because he needs to be here when something happens. I mean my mom can protect me but not like my brothers can or dad.

One time I depended on my brother was when I was fighting this boy and he went to get his brother. I was like okay I’m going to go get my brother and we’re going see who really want to fight. So of course my brother came out because he thinks he’s big and bad and he can’t be hurt. He came out and asked the boys, “Was y’all messing with my little brother?” I was like “No, I already beat the little brother. I just need the big brother beat. My brother was like “okay.” However, when he was about to hit the older brother, the boy ran away.

After this event, I realized that my brother has my back no matter what happens, or what it is he has to do. That changed me because I don’t want to have to go get my brother for everything that happens. I don’t want him to get in any trouble that he can’t get out of, or him ending up hurting somebody because of me getting into something. All of this changed me because I learned that I need to handle things on my own sometimes.

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