Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Meeting my brother, again.

This last Friday I had the opportunity to open up our home to my little brother. He's 16 and almost taller than me, so I guess he's not that small. I've never met him other than being in the hospital when he was born. I was 6 years old and I remember dancing around the maternity wing with my little sis, C, chanting, "We have a little brother. We have a little brother." After that he was adopted by a wonderful woman and I never spoke with him or talked to him again. My family's history is very convaluted and at times tragic, but our hard journey eventually turned into a beautiful and inspiring story.
So Little V arrived at the train station Friday night where we picked him up. I knew immediately he was my brother. He looks identical to my Dad except with blond hair. We spent the weekend doing things he'd never done before. We went to the beach, we took him around base (he wants to join the military after high school), showed him our city, took him on a trip to Hollywood and Los Angeles. He was so thrilled to see the celebrity stars in Hollywood Boulevard. And he must've taken 25 pictures of fancy vehicles he'd never seen before.
I felt like I had known him for years after only spending 2 days with him. I was pretty sad when he left on the train Monday morning to head up to my Dad's house for the remainder of summer. He's such a fantastic kid and I'm so glad to have him in my life...again.

{our lovely beach city from the mountain top}
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{the boys enjoying the hot tub}
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{no, uncle, don't leave}
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{he had to get a picture with the Hollywood sign in the back...way back there}
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{we hiked to the observatory and planetarium}
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7 comments:

  1. That's so neat that y'all got to meet again and it felt like you'd known him forever! It looks like you guys had a great time. Hope he can come back again sometime. :)

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  2. aww im glad you got to spend some time with him :) little boy sure looks so cute with his big ol smile!

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  3. That is such a precious story! I am glad you all got to see each other again! Looks like you all had a lot of fun!

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  4. I'm a new follower stopping by to say hello! Glad we're all in this crazy Navy life together!

    Sarah
    navywifediary.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh that's so wonderful that he was able to come for a visit and you two were able to reestablish a relationship! I hope this is only the beginning for you and him.

    Your little guy is so stinking cute! He seems like such a happy baby boy!

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  6. Wow, what a story! I'm glad you and your brother got to spend quality time together. You seem so put together that sometimes it's hard to believe that you come from a "convoluted" family...I guess what I mean is that no matter how polished people seem on the surface, we all have our struggles, and maybe the hard times make us want to work harder for the good times?

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  7. That is so awesome that you got to reconnect with your little brother. I'll bet that was almost a surreal experience for you. Thanks for sharing those great pictures, and I hope you are able to make many more memories with your brother.

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