Having a sibling means having a best friend for life. The brothers and sisters are the first people to turn to when we face difficulties in life, and the first people we feel the urge to call when something beautiful happens, because we are certain that the happiness we share with them doubles.
Our siblings hold special place in our hearts because they represent a piece of our childhood that we never want to let go of.
Chris Garafola and Brittany Garafola are a brother and sister from Vermont who are lucky to have one another. The two are also best friends, and it has always been like that. Brittany has Down Syndrome, and she is a very special person in her brother’s life. The two grew up in a loving family and developed a close-bond which is unbreakable until this very day.
According to Chris, who is two years younger than his sister, he and Brittany were a “package deal” and he doesn’t remember an opportunity he missed to remind her just how special she is to him.
In a touching Instagram post, Chris wrote that Brittany: “Always poured her love onto him, challenged him, and taught him timeless lessons—giving him countless opportunities to grow (quickly) as a man, and become the best BROTHER he could possibly be.”
Of course, having Down Syndrome has sometimes been challenging for Brittany, not because of herself, but mainly because of the society and how these people are perceived by some. However, she has been able to overcome all the challenges knowing her brother is always by her side.
When the two grew older, Chris met the love of his life, a woman named Tatiana who knew how important Brittany was to Chris, so she started loving her as if he was her sister too. What’s most, Chris and Tatiana even postponed their wedding in order for Brittany to be able to attend it. During the pandemic, Brittany needed to be extra careful because of her weak immune system, so she couldn’t go out much. But the moment she got her COVID-19 shot in February 2021, her brother and her future sister-in-law could start preparing for their big day.
Of course, both Chris and Tatiana knew that Brittany deserved a special role on their wedding day, so one day, Tatiana FacedTime with Brittany and asked her a very important question while Chris, who works as a male model, filmed the entire thing.
“And you know what I wanted to ask you? Can you be my maid of honor?” Tatiana can be seen asking in the video.
As expected, Brittany bursts into tears of joy and answers, “Yes, I can.”
Chris and Tatiana tied the knot in April 2021. The newlyweds had a special gift for Brittany, a beautiful ring which served as a reminder that she would always be a very important person in their lives.
“She’s been my best friend since day one and even once I’m married, it won’t change,” Chris said.
As the video of their wedding was posted online, many couldn’t help but praise Chris and his wife for their dedication and commitment towards his older sister.
This is what love between siblings should look like, don’t you agree?
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Love and Peace