25 Nearest and Dearest 2/25
Ellie and Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)
There are quite a number of phenomenal sibling relationships on television but none compare to the Bartowski kids. Chuck is home to some of the most uniquely wonderful friendships and relationships, but it wouldn’t be as special without the closeness between brother and sister. When you’re born into a family of spies, it isn’t easy to understand why your parents leave. And before they even learned the truth about their parents’ identities, Chuck and Ellie chose to never abandon each other. We often forget that blood isn’t what makes people a family, but rather the effortless and endearing adoration we choose to give each and everyday. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have family members that love them in spite of all their flaws, but those who are know that at the end of the day, through loyalty, care, and immense adoration, there will always be growth.
Once upon a time, Ellie promised their father that no matter what happened, she’d take care of Chuck — she’d always protect him. And to the very end, Ellie’s kept that promise. As much as I’ve attempted to find an eloquent definition for the word “loyalty”, nothing’s stood out to me as I’ve wanted it to. I then came to realization that much like, “love” and “adoration”; it is a word with unprecedented value. There aren’t many beautiful ways to simplify the intensity of the feeling of loyalty — the sentiments of knowing that the person you’re devoted to is worthy of a colossal amount of your time, energy, and heart. And the way in which the Bartowski siblings were loyal to one another had me captivated from the start. Chuck and Ellie hated (and I mean, despised, loathed, etc.) lying to one another which seamlessly showcased the fact that honesty and adoration are the solid foundations of their relationships. From the time they understood the profound feeling, it became unwavering. As viewers we knew that Chuck and Ellie weren’t loyal to one another because they had to be, but because they wanted to; thereby, revealing the depth of their adoration and respect for one another beautifully. They each constantly made sure the other was proud of them because they were worthy of that.
Ellie went through more than any 12-year-old should, but she did so because it was her duty and desire to make sure Chuck was always taken care of. When you’re the older sibling, there’s a natural, instinctual desire in you to always make sure your younger sibling is safe. Ellie took care of Chuck from the time they were teens to the very moment she and Devon moved away for work. And frankly, I’m pretty sure she’d still be taking care of from miles away because it never stops. It’s funny because despite the fact that little brothers feel the need to protect sisters when they grow older, for us, they never stop being the little brother we need to take care of. A mom has a special place in a son’s life, but a sister’s position is different. As the kids of the house, siblings understand one another in ways parents aren’t able to, and for that reason, they’re often able to provide the necessary care needed in certain situations — the necessary advice and comfort. And as all families, the Bartowskis had their fair share of battles — in light of which Ellie’s always made sure Chuck knew he could come to her first. It’s for this reason that Chuck’s choice to lie about his life as a spy hurt Ellie the most, and undoubtedly, it pained Chuck from the very beginning that he’d have to lie to the one person he was supposed to trust the most. However, as much it hurt the two of them, this was essentially Chuck’s way of protecting his sister. In order to take care of her, he needed her to stay out of the spy life, and he needed her to know as little as possible in order for her life to go on as it should. Additionally, taking care of one another doesn’t just equate to the two of them — they indirectly take care of one another when they love and look out for their significant others. Chuck’s choice to have a personal relationship with Devon gives Ellie the blessing of knowing that the two most important men in her life will always be there for each other. And in doing so, they’d be helping her out immensely. If Chuck ever needed Devon and Ellie couldn’t be around, Devon would be there in a heartbeat — and he was for the first few seasons when he knew about Chuck’s secret before Ellie did. And in the same way, Chuck was there to offer Devon moral support when he needed it choosing to continuously protect him during certain cases because of how much he means to him, and mainly his sister. On another note, adoring and befriending Sarah was something that came naturally to Ellie — as someone who didn’t have a reliable family and friends, Ellie was the closest person to Sarah after Chuck. Ultimately, it comes down to one thing — no matter how old they get or what comes their way, Chuck and Ellie will never grow out of the visceral need to take care of each other.
As we grow older, we learn more about ourselves through our mistakes and experiences, but we also learn a great deal through those we love. While experiences teach us pretty much everything we need to know, when we know steadfast adoration, we can be content with the fact that whatever happens, we’ll always strive higher. We often want to make those we love proud and not because they force us to, but because we genuinely want to rise to the image they have set for us. An image which isn’t unrealistic, but rather often times, those closest to us can see our worth before we can. When we doubt ourselves, they’re there to remind us of who we truly are. Ellie never wanted Chuck to work at the Buy More because she knew his mind was equipped to take on a lot more than what retail could offer. He was always special and for that reason, she knew he deserved something with higher rank. And continuously choosing to remind him of this wasn’t her way of looking down at him but rather her way of making sure he didn’t go through life selling himself short. In the same way, Chuck chose to selflessly put his needs aside and convince Ellie to take the job in Chicago. While the Bartowski kids were born and raised in California, sometimes when great opportunities come, chances need to be taken. And Chuck knew that the experiences Ellie and Devon would have taking the job offer would lead them somewhere great. Chuck and Ellie have time and time again chosen to put the each other first — always being there to remind the other of the immense greatness they’re capable of. Always being there to remind them of the fact that they’re a Bartowski, and there’s nothing they can’t do.
I’m certain that there are plenty of great brother/sister TV duos out there, but no one will ever come close to these two for me. Ellie and Chuck are the brother/sister duo that remind me most of my brother and I. And truth is, Ellie Bartowski is 1/3 of the fictional characters most like me. (Refer to the current meme making its way through social media September 2016. Lol.) Whatever I’ve seen in her, I’ve seen in me (except our career choice.) But the truth is, only an older sister to a little brother would understand what I feel, for all sibling relationships have their own special quirks. There are a number of days from my childhood I remember vividly, but none bring me to happy tears as the memory of my brother’s birth. And despite the fact that my brother is now twice my size and no longer a child, it doesn’t change the fact that I ceaselessly feel the need to protect him. In the same way as Ellie has always seen her brother’s heart, I’ve seen mine — and I’ve found none more pure and inspiring. Loyalty is unquestionable with my brother, I’d have his back to the end of time and I’m sure he’d have mine. Perhaps, that’s why this duo is so special to me. To be quite honest, this was one of the hardest articles I’ve ever written, but it was also one of my favorites. If you ever wanted to know me, the girl behind the writer, this is a huge piece of who I am. My little brother’s bravery and heart has made me a better person and he is always going to mean the world to me. My one and only sibling — the most giving person I know and the kindest soul. And siblings fight all the time, nothing is ever black and white, but adoration and loyalty are unwavering.
Point being, little brothers are aces. Chuck and my brother — they’re aces.