This weekend, we gathered quietly to celebrate my brother's birthday. Kicking off his 31st year.
We ordered his favorite pizza, snacked in a tray of frosted brownies. The kids colored a card, gave him big birthday hugs and smiled as they sang 'Happy Birthday' to their Uncle.
He decided he wanted to all watch a movie together. After we giggled, as my mother 'navigated' her way around her new Wii Netflix, Uncle decided on Howard The Duck. (which is surprisingly less of a family movie than I remembered)
It was a nice evening. Calm. Loving. Perfect.
Happy Birthday, Brother.
I am proud of your hard work, this past year. I know it was not easy for you. Your determination to 'fight the good fight' and continued work to be a better person, is an inspiration to my children. I am grateful, your strong will keeps you striving for the joy in yourself.
I hope your 31st year brings you:
Many more smiles, than heartache.
More projects to busy your talented hands and mind. More exercise and fresh air. A little sunshine on your handsome cheeks, as you sit captivated at (hopefully) adorable Tink T-ball games and (hopefully) impressive The Kid baseball games. More classes to help you better yourself and books to find your peace.
You and I have had plenty of trials, Little Brother but I still love you, just the same. To the best "Little broda dat you were bigger than but now he is bigger dan you" as Tink would say.
Happy Birthday, Uncle!!