Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Happy Birthday to my brother, Randy. Nov. 16th

There is something about having a big brother, that makes a little girl feel safe.
From the first memory I have, until present, you have been my hero.
I should have known you would choose to be a firefighter.

I owe a lot to you, my big brother. You instilled in me qualities that I don't believe I would have ever developed on my own. For this, I thank you.

In fact, there are a lot of things that come to mind that I would like to thank you for:

I remember when I was about four, I wanted to walk with you and your friends to the store, and they didn't want your little sister tagging along. You took me anyway... thank you.

Many times, you would chase the ice cream truck on your bike to buy a tootie-fruity snow cone for me. Many times, I dropped it, and cried -- you would get on your bike and chase him down again... thank you.

In fourth grade, I was doing poorly in history. You helped me build a houseboat for a history project. Okay, you built it for me, I watched. I [you] won first  place, which brought my grade up... thank you.

When I was a teenager, I thought it would be cool to try drugs. Whatever it was, it had been tampered with, and I thought I was going to die. You took care of me, then disciplined me, and convinced me to leave the stuff alone. You didn't tell Mom and Dad... thank you.

Once, a guy came calling on me whom didn't meet your standards for me, and you slammed the door in his face. I was really upset about that. I now see where most of that crowd is...
thank you.

You taught me to drive when everyone else was scared to get in the car with me... thank you.

.... oh and by the way, thank you for not killing me when I ripped grandma's porch off the house with your Monte Carlo. J

Shortly after I had Stephen, the doctors said he might not make it. You called me from work and cried with me, and prayed with me... thank you.

On your last day with the fire department, Stephen began having seizures. You were on the scene in record-breaking arrival time... thank you.

For being forgiving of my foolish behaviors... thank you.

There is not enough room, even in cyber space to mention all of the things you have done for me, Randy.

Thanks for being all you have been to me. I love you!

18 comments:

fyrecracker1 said...

Oh my goodness... Mia... That is one of the most beautiful things I've ever read! You made me cry! (I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff... but still!) ;o) Wow... I'm an only child and I have never had the pleasure (nor pain) of having someone to grow up with. :::wink::: I can tell you really admire him and I'm sure he admires you, too... Take care... Feel better... ~Nadine

slowmotionlife said...

Mia, there have been entries that have brought me near to tears.. so close, in fact, that I had to move away and come back again when I'd composed myself... This one needed tissues. It's extremely touching, very honest, and makes me wish I'd had a brother like yours.

<<Shortly after I had Stephen, the doctors said he might not make it. You called me from work and cried with me, and prayed with me... thank you.>>

Oh, the tears! Another wonderful entry.

aims814 said...

aw... thanks, you guys (sniff,sniff). and btw.. wasn't I an ugly baby? LOL-C'mon, you can admit it. heeheehee!

bluedragoness25 said...

What a sweet picture. :) This is my first time to your journal. I totally love it.

Blue.

aynetal3 said...

Mia ... I've never heard a big brother told with so much thoughtfulness. Thanks for sharing your deep-hearted sincerity. (Giggle, but maybe a little nervous laughter with the Monte Carlo??) *Grin* Our love, Ayn

freeepeace said...

Mia ~ How many times can I tell you I have tears streaming down my face from one of your entries? Well, add this one to the list! I'm always so moved and inspired by you. It's been such a deeply emotional time for me lately that when I came here earlier, I just couldn't stay. You have a way of touching those raw places - and I always come back. Thank you for sharing! xo

babyshark28 said...

tissue please...anyone..tissue? *sniff* good lord that is sooo goood! I am speechless. thank you for sharing this. the picture...the words... beautiful.

viviansullinwank said...

What I love about this entry, Mia is not only how beautifully it is told but also how much it made me think about my brothers and how very special they are. Thank you for what you've shared and for what you've inspired!

jslack605 said...

It is true, I started thinking of my brothers too and all the times through the years they made my life easier and more fun. What a great picture, such a treasure to have that and such a great tribute to your brother.

jellybean1437 said...

:) how beautiful and touching (:
-*-Kayleen-*-

happyb8888 said...

Very very nice. I guess my older sister, Lucky, was my mother AND my big brother. She did for me a lot of what you mention here. Good writing!!

That Happy Chica,
Marcia Ellen

sonensmilinmon said...

I always wanted a little brother after reading this ... I WANT a big brother ~ like yours of course!!! :) Wonderful tribute here.
Smilin Mon

sepintx said...

I have an older brother. Even as an adult, I do have this feeling of safety when I am around him. We are not as close as we once were since he has moved to another city. But when we get together, it's nice.

franj1fla said...

This is refreshing to read. There are all kinds of stories around this place. I just came from one where a woman tells how mean and ugly her older brother was to her. I just couldn't believe why an older brother would wanna be that mean to his younger sister, especially now, as grownups.

barbpinion said...

THIS IS MY FIRST STOP AT YOUR JOURNAL. IT IS TRULY A WONDERFUL THING YOU CREATED HERE. YOU CAN COUNT ON MY COMING BACK. IF YOU HAVE TIME, PLEASE CHECK OUT MY JOURNAL., "From Solitude, From Silence," Barbpinion

raisinglouisiana said...

Happy Birthday to Randy today!
Very nice tribute to your brother.
I hope you're feeling better!
Love ya, Penny

ondinemonet said...

What a wonderful entry...thanks for sharing your relationship with us. :)

aims814 said...

Hello everyone! I just wanted to tell you all that Randy enjoyed all of your comments and well wishes, as much as he did the B'day card above! Thank you all for saying nice things, and also for sharing your own stories! Love-Mia (and Stephen, of course!)