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I was with Andrew and Khristopher, playing video games, and they were not letting me play. But I did not really care because it is how my brothers and my relationship goes. 

Days passed, and I broke a bone. This happened in elementary school. Somehow I broke it by jumping rope. 

Two years passed, and one of my brothers was working on being a Marine. My other brother was going to driving school, and I am now in eighth grade.  One of my brothers shipped out to Parris Island, and my other brother went to driving school. How it happened is one of my brothers got mail about becoming a Marine, and my other brother decided his career himself. I felt sad. At the beginning I did not expect it, and I realized even if they are far from home, your family will always be with you. No matter how far away they are, they will always be by your side.

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