Growing up with ‘big brothers’ is not the norm in many families, but for Sheldon and Nelson it was.
Their parents divorced when Sheldon was a toddler, and they lived with their grandparents.
The two moved around the province, but Sheldon was always the eldest.
In fact, he was the youngest.
Sheldon and his older brother are now 19 and 20 respectively.
“We were living in a very small house with a lot of people around us,” Sheldon said.
“My brother and I would go out to play with the friends we had, but we always went to the same place and I always stayed home with him.”
“My mom would make sure we got a lot more attention than we were getting from our friends, and we would get all these compliments and everything,” he added.
“She didn’t want me to get bored of that because it was good for me.”
Growing up, Sheldon said he never felt bullied or bullied-y.
“That’s a big misconception,” he said.
Sheldon said when his older siblings and parents were growing up, “there was always a lot to talk about.”
“I would always go into a room with them and they would always be talking about their friends, about sports, about what they were doing, and all of a sudden, suddenly, there would be a big guy, and I’d always get really mad and just try to hit him.”
Sheldon said being bullied was “just a part of life” and he had a hard time feeling safe in his own house.
“I remember one time when I was about 10, and my mom was driving me home and my brothers were sitting in the backseat,” he recalled.
“They would sit on the back seat and I was sitting in front of the steering wheel.
I was like, ‘How are you doing?
How are you?’
They were like, I’m okay.’
And I was just like, You don’t even know who I am or what I’m doing, I was scared of that.”
Sheldon also said his younger siblings didn’t like the idea of him playing sports, even if it was for fun.
“The more I played, the more they were like: ‘Oh you’re not good enough,’ and they were always like, No, you’re bad at this,'” he said, laughing.
“So I didn’t really play anymore, and eventually, one of my brothers got me into soccer.
I just tried to do it for fun, and then I realized that that was all I really wanted to do.”
Sheldon recalled one time, his older sister came over and his mother asked if he wanted to go out with her.
“And I was so happy that I just jumped out of the car and went, ‘Yes, mom!'” he recalled, laughing again.
“Because I wanted to play soccer with my older brother and my little sister.”
Sheldon, who is now 19, said he was proud of his younger brother.
“He’s a good kid and I love him,” he told CBC News.
“Being around him is like a big brother to me, and when he has problems, he’s the person I want to be around, and if it’s bad, he gets help.”
Growing Up with a Big Brother Sheldon and Nido are now in their 20s, and Sheldon said they’ve had some growing pains in terms of social acceptance.
“There’s a lot going on now in the world, but I don’t know if there’s a world where I’m not in it,” he explained.
“If I’m out in the street, there’s always people, but there’s no one I can go to and talk to.”
Sheldon and family were also very open about their religious upbringing.
“Our family had a very strong Christian background,” he revealed.
Sheldon is currently living with his grandparents in a small, rented house in downtown Calgary. “
As long as we do that, we can continue to grow and we can be happy.”
Sheldon is currently living with his grandparents in a small, rented house in downtown Calgary.
He said he has not yet decided whether he will move to a bigger house or relocate to a smaller one.
He’s currently working as a computer engineer in Calgary.
“Right now, I’ve got three jobs,” he says.
“All three are doing pretty well, so I’m going to keep working.”
He also said that his mother and father have been supportive of his decision to live with his older brothers and sisters.
“One of the things that’s really helped me is that my mom has been really open with me and my dad,” he concluded.
“For them to be so open has really been really helpful.
It’s been a big help for me to know that they’re there for me and for me when I’m struggling.”
For Sheldon, he said he feels safe in this