“Food,” he answered without missing a beat. He wasn’t joking. Food has always been a big part of Adrian’s life. When you ask him, “are you hungry?” He answers back with another question, “what kind of question is that? You know I’m always hungry.”
Despite his attitude toward food, Adrian is extremely sensitive about weight issues. Well, weight issues when he was a baby. He gets pissed off whenever you bring up the fact that he was a really fat baby. He says things like, “why do you got bring up the past for?” or “well, look at me now!” I just giggle and laugh at the fact that he used to be called names alluding to his chunkness including Chonchís, Refrigerator (Fridge, named after William “The Refrigerator” Perry), and Cheeseburger.
Twenty years after he was born, he’s no longer known for the chorizo-like rolls of fat on his arms and legs. Instead, people know Adrian as a young man who is a lot of fun to be around, but we still call him chunk.
Adrian asked me once, “do you think I’m an asshole?” He had a semi-concerned look on his face and I knew that he was not joking. “No,” I answered, “you’re nothing like Fat Matt, he’s a real asshole. Did someone tell you that?”
“Yeah, my friend’s girlfriend,” he answered a little sadly. I figured she probably didn’t like the fact that Adrian and his friends talk a lot of shit to each other, but that’s the way they get along. Even I was offended that someone would call my little brother an asshole.
Adrian is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. He is the furthest thing from an asshole I can think of. Oh yeah, and he’s my brother and we all know that you can’t be a M_______ and an asshole. They are mutually exclusive. Sure, me and my siblings can all be pretty sarcastic, have meanstreaks and get into our little moods, we’re still good people.
Adrian is probably the easiest M_______ kid. to get along with (and you all thought I was great). He is funny, talented, kind, thoughtful, caring, hardworking, intelligent and incredibly loving.
I feel like Adrian has been 19 years old forever. Perhaps it’s because I’ve had to explain the makeup of my family to a lot of new people I’ve met in the last year. I’ve kept thinking, ‘Adrian is still only 19?’Well, not anymore. Today he’s 20.
¡Feliz cumpleaños, Adrian!