I am thankful that alto selected this and I came across his reply you. Your words have fully painted the picture of your families experience.
Boarding school is the stuff of story books to me. It is not common here, with the exception of the military academy about half an hour away. It is boys only.
I have in my drafts a piece I started about one of those young men. I met him in a restaurant just last night. I am not sure yet what I can make of it.
Are you close with your brothers?