When we think of Valentine’s Day and Hallmark moments we generally think of our spouse or partner, maybe if you have them you think of tender times with your kids or grandkids. It isn’t usually your brother who conjures that tender moment, yet one of mine did when he sent me a Valentine. It wasn’t just any old greeting card he picked up but one with a sentiment that pulled at my heart strings that he clearly picked out for me. . It struck me as so true of our relationship, adult siblings. It was a Hallmark moment and found a tender spot in my heart and made me a wee bit emotional. I have written before how lucky I am to have the wonderful guys that they are as brothers, and they continue to show in lots of little unexpected ways.
If you are a brother or a sister, take some time to call your sibling, drop them an email, comment on their blog or Facebook page, and maybe even send them something via snail mail. I promise it will brighten their day in ways you can’t imagine.
Yesterday I got a phone call in the middle of the day from my brother, because he had received a box of cookies. He called because he was thrilled because he got the gift of a box of cookies from his sister, me. He talked how anyone can make chocolate chip cookies, but a box of Christmas cookies from me was a like a treasure chest. The cookies were special cookies from recipes that not everyone makes. He told me that each one was a different jewel. He told me how special he felt when he received that box I sent to him.
My brother and I were close as small children, but life has taken us on so many different trails and different destinations. We no longer live geographically close and I see him only every few years. In spite of that all his call made my day. I may have given him a box of cookies, but his phone call to me was the best gift he could have given me. It reminded me that the gift of time and love is priceless. We need to make sure we recognize those gifts when they are given and embrace them.
My Younger Brother and I
Today I talked with my brother who recently underwent surgery. It was cut short by other health issues, that prohibited completion of all the desired procedures. He is younger than me and as a youngster I felt the role of protector as his big sister. He eventually grew taller and larger than I and I think we may have swapped roles.
Now as a adults I am not sure who holds which role. I love him dearly no matter the role in life and pray for his health and recovery. He is my brother dear.