Adieu, Goodbye, Farewell

It is with great sadness that I have to say that my brother, Robert, has left us. We have no definitive arrangements at this time.

I have been thinking of Robert in my life. When his wife passed away, just six short months ago, I was fortunate to see him again. We hugged and wept and said “I love you’s”.

We’ve only seen each other a few times in the past few years as our lives had taken different directions. Robert had a hard life and was experiencing pain and discomfort in recent months and years. He is in a better place now.

I found a couple of pictures of him. One was when he was in second grade. The other is with Mommy and me, which I believe was at Cumberland Falls when we took a rare vacation.

I will remember him as a small man with a big heart and smile.

I would like to ask anybody who reads this to do me a favor. Could you go hug somebody right now? I mean right now. Go hug somebody, your spouse, your kids, your neighbors and friends. Let them know how you feel about them. Tell them I Love You. In the face of someone’s passing, it becomes abundantly clear to me that we and I don’t do it enough. And, you’ll just have to trust me on this one, we don’t want to say, I should have done or said it more.

Another Birthday Party

So it was my great privilege and responsibility (as dictated by Sergeant Major Mommy) to take Mortimer to his friend’s birthday party. Seeing 20 screaming kids in a small party room gave me pause and I will happily share my thoughts with anyone contemplating becoming parents:)

As for me, I should have brought my ear plugs. They were louder than a Who concert!