Ever since my family left to go back to Chiang Mai and I remained in North America to begin my post-secondary education, a large gap appeared in the so-called "Yeong Family Hierarchy." As the eldest brother I had been in charge of a great deal, but being thousands of miles away didn't exactly bode well when it came to me taking care of my responsibilities, and as a result Eric was forced to take over.
These were big shoes that he had to step into (size eleven, to be exact), yet from everything I've heard he's done a really great job. From walking the dog before the rest of the family is even awake on weekdays to writing up his own contract determining the work he did around the house, Eric has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
When he is not washing the car, doing a load of laundry, or working on the yard, Eric has found time to compete in a badminton tournament, run in Track Meets, help as stage crew for a musical, and even celebrate his 16th birthday party. Academically, he's chosen to take two AP (Advanced Placement) courses next year while in Grade 11, and two more in Grade 12- a heavy workload for any student.
Between his duties as honorary eldest brother and responsible student/fun-loving teenager, Eric has a very full life. He's definitely managed to take up the torch, and to own his new role. Well done, Eric!