Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Brother's Birthday

May 11, 1958, fell on Mother's Day that year. And that's the day my brother showed up. Mom lost so much blood, the doctors thought they were going to lose her.



Mom always told us that Greg was 6 years, 7 months, and 11 days older than me. Even though he was so much older, he was a great brother. Not perfect, but perfect for me. Greg always took time to play with me, he was an amazing artist and taught me some of his secrets, and he always let me tag along with him and his friends. As adults, he always called me on my birthday, and he always ended our calls with, "I love you."

Happy Birthday, Greg. I love you and I miss you.






14 comments:

Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Beautiful.

jrchaard said...

I'm so happy you had the time that you did with your brother. Your loss is heartbreaking. I'm glad you are still celebrating his life.

Michael McIntyre said...

Heather, that's a wonderful tribute to your brother. Thank you for posting it. I've seen the first photo of him before, of course, but the second photo - I'm not sure I have seen it before. Do you happen to know the details behind that photo, i.e. where and when it was taken, approximately?

Heather Trent Beers said...

Jordan, thank you. I wish you could have known Greg. He was one of a kind!

jrchaard, I'm glad I had him for that time, too. But it was too short.

Mike, we found that picture while going through Greg's things. I'd never seen it before, and I loved how happy and relaxed he looked. I'm just guessing here, but I THINK this may have been taken when Greg was in his twenties and was stationed in Crete. ???

Rachel Bailey said...

Hi Heather.
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I can't even imagine what you are going through. I'm glad that writing and I know prayer is helping you with your grief. It's interesting that you were six and a half years apart. My son ,who is almost 7, and my baby girl, who is 4 months, are 6 and a half years apart. I hope they have a wonderful relationship as well.

God Bless,
Rachel

Heather Trent Beers said...

Rachel, thank you. And congratulations on your new baby! My son and daughter are almost 6 years apart, and they have a great relationship as well. I'm sure your son and daughter will also have the same. Just keep telling them they HAVE to be good friends because they'll have each other for a very long time. :)

Susan Uhlig said...

Nice! My closest sibling is 7 years and almost 5 months older than me, and we are close.

Kansas Bob said...

Birthdays are difficult. Even so, I am glad you are sharing your memories of him. It is a way to celebrate and honor his life.

Blessings, Bob

Cheryl Ann Wills said...

writing is good for the soul. as greg is now perfectly healthy, your writing is healing you.
love you

Sally Jadlow said...

You were fortunate to have a brother. I never had the joy of a sibling. Praying for you.

lishacauthen said...

Let you tag along with his friends? Wow. That is a saint, my friend. ;-)

Sue's Stories said...

Heather, we've been praying for you all, especially knowing the significance of this weekend and today. Thank you for the picture-posts and memories.

Mr.Clive said...

Hey there,
I found your blog through a blogger friend, Kansas Blog. Have read your blog - love the contents. It's wonderful to read blogs that are honest and somewhat, warm to the heart. Thank you. You made my day.

Merry Christmas!

Heather Trent Beers said...

Mr. Clive,
Thanks for dropping by and for taking the time to comment. You made my day by telling me I made your day! I hope you'll come back and visit again. Merry Christmas to you as well. :)