Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's Been 46 Years!

It's been 46 years since my "little brother" and I had this much time together. It's been a delightful revelation. He and his wife are now without grown kids living at home so both are in the "golden" time also.

Although I had two brothers and a sister, there was ten years between my age and my older brother and eleven between my older sister and I. Bill, my little brother, is 5 1/2 years younger, so, we essentially grew up as two kids in a family. We went through all the quirky, crazy times with our parents as they trooped around the USA trying to figure out where or what they wanted to do - in my case I went to 17 schools in 12 years. It was not a happy time. My parents divorced after 32 years when Bill was about 14. I came home from college to take care of him since my Dad traveled a lot and my Mom moved somewhere else. He lived with me when I first got married. SO, until now, I was the caregiver.

What a turn of the tables. He's very low-key, a patent attorney with a long illustrious career in engineering. I, on the other hand, have always been the flashy, creative one in the family. He likes to laugh at me. BUT he has ALWAYS been there whenever I needed him along with his beautiful and kind wife. For that I am eternally grateful.

It feels strange to have the tables turned, but I'm not complaining.
Thanks Bill and Annette.


Steve Cotton said...

Tables are never turnedl we simply see the feast in a different light. Those who serve are served.

Frankly Ronda said...

I have a brother who means a great deal to me. He is in military so we do not get to spend as much time as I would like. However, the time we have is always appreciated and valued. Siblings have a special connection of history, understanding and most times humor - who else can laugh with you about family so well!

Michael Dickson said...

My sister is a lunatic and in a cult. I envy you.

1st Mate said...

Babs - I'm glad you've had close and loving family to be with during this rough time. Hope you're feeling a lot better now. said...

You deserve it, my dear. Just soak it up and enjoy. Rest and get well. I envy you with siblings.