There we are: The Three Stooges! Just kidding! That gorgeous young lady is one of my nieces and the handsome old dude on my left is the older of my two younger brothers. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of a rare and surprise visit of said brother.
This is the retired brother who, along with his soul mate and their canine furkids change homes and climates so often it makes my head spin! They enjoy it; it exhausts me to THINK about it! So, the time lapse between this visit and the last has been some 6 + years. One of the last was with a son when they were in the area for a Pinball tournament.
Anyway, he called a couple of weeks ago and said he was visiting my niece and her new hubby and thought a visit with his OLDER sister was long overdue. I agreed and was delighted at the prospect of a visit from the prodigal bro!
INCIDENTALLY, I have a younger brother who I haven't seen in awhile, either. He lives a bit closer... ( cough! Cough! Hint! ).
It was a fun visit. Lots of stories and laughter. You'd have to know how quirky this brother is to appreciate how much we can laugh when either on the phone or in person! He has the memory of an elephant and can dredge up long forgotten incidents from our childhood that send us into hysterics! Speaking of the younger brother...he was often the 'victim' in our childhood...er..pranks?!? Poor Kelly either wasn't born yet or was too little to torture! :) My little boys were in the room for much of the rehashing of 'family history' and were doubled up with laughter. They paid this brother the ultimate compliment: They said he was "cool".
Like I said, it was a great visit but too short. We promised to do it again before the next time is when one of us is horizontal!!
"Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk." ~Susan Scarf Merrell
"To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time." ~Clara Ortega