The fifth of this series of portraits of my brother Mike* is a bit different than the others. Mike would often display fits of rage, directed at himself. Some docs thought he was Tourettic, others thought it was a behavioral issue. The point is, Mike could be frightening. I weathered the storm and didn’t believe he would hurt me. My younger brother however was scared of him. My parents said they shielded us from Mike. I remember everything, but my younger brother, not so much.
* Mike is my older brother, who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. He was at home during my first 10 years.