Sunday, February 4, 2018

Oh, Brother! / ¡Oh, Hermano!

TOMORROW IS THE Kid Brother's birthday. We've been back in business on FaceTime these past few weeks. Still no email, but I'm going to let that go for now. Having minimal reading and writing skills, he really has no use for it anyway. Today on FaceTime, I promised I would call him to wish him a happy birthday. I'll sing. He'll laugh. We'll both be happy. Life with The Kid Brother has never been easy, but it's gotten so much better now. And no matter how difficult it's ever been, I've always adored him — although it took me years to realize my feelings for him were not simply a result of responsibility. Besides, he's always found me entertaining.

MAÑANA ES EL cumpleaños del Hermanito. FaceTime está funcionado perfectamente estas últimas semanas. Todavía no hay correo electrónico, pero voy a dejar eso por ahora. Él tiene habilidades mínimas de lectura y escritura, así que realmente no tiene ningún uso para eso de todos modos. Hoy en FaceTime, le prometí que lo llamaría para desearle un feliz cumpleaños. Yo cantaré. Él se reirá. Ambos seremos felices. La vida con The Kid Brother nunca ha sido fácil, pero ahora está mucho mejor. Y no importa cuán difícil haya sido, siempre lo he adorado, aunque me llevó años darme cuenta de que mis sentimientos por él no eran simplemente el resultado de la responsabilidad. Además, él siempre me ha encontrado entretenido.

1963. THE GUNS WEREN'T LOADED SO, WHEN HE WAS ANGRY, HE WOULD THROW THEM AT MY FACE.
1963. LOS ARMAS NO ESTABAN CARGADAS. ENTONCES, CUANDO ÉL ESTABA ENOJADO, LOS TIRABA A MI CARA.
1967. BEING SILLY FOR ME.
1967. SIENDO TONTO PARA MÍ.
1969. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT WE WERE DOING, BUT WE BOTH THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.
1969. NO PUEDOR RECORDAR LO QUE HACEMOS, PERO LOS DOS PENSAMOS QUE ERA DIVERTIDO.
1992. AND HE COOKS!
1992. ¡Y ÉL COCINA!
SEPTEMBER 2017.
SEPTIEMBRE DE 2017.

30 comments:

  1. What a cute post of brotherly love. I see in the last picture he tuckered you out!!!!!

    On a side note, in the 1967 picture, would you believe I have the same Pan Am bag!!!!!! I found it at a vintage shop for $16 and use it for overnight use for my toiletries.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      You bought my Pan Am bag! I finally donated it to Goodwill in 2011 before our move to Spain. But $16?!? Pan Am gave it away free. (Remember when company's didn't make you pay to give them free advertising?)

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  2. Guess he was a young gunslinger, then.

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    1. Wilma:
      Gunslinger and Gunflinger. He had quite a temper and gave me many a fat lip with those guns. I finally hid them from him.

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  3. Great that it's worked out so well for you and him.

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    1. Kirk:
      He's more like a son to me than a brother. But a son who's also always been my best pal. A very special relationship.

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  4. I've always found your relationship with the Kid Brother one of the best reasons for coming to this blog. Thanks for setting me the example of patience and fortitude I need at the moment.

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    1. A. MarIe:
      Your comment means so much to me. Yeah, fortitude. I didn't have much patience for many things in my life and would regularly lose my cool. But I rarely lost my cool with him (or at least so he knew). But, fortitude. I would knew have thought I had it until you said it. I'd be happy to listen if you need to vent/share what you're going through via email. Thanks!

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  5. so chuck can cook but you cannot. happy to see you and he have a good relationship.

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    1. Truth be told, anne marie, I CAN cook to some level... I just don't enjoy it. My mother taught Chuck to make scrambled eggs when he was a kid. Hyperactive, Obsessive-Compulsive and scrambled eggs were a perfect match in his case. He would scramble the eggs until they were as light and airy as whipped cream. He also told her some years ago, after watching a Chinese cooking show, he wanted a WOK. So she bought him one for his apartment. He used it constantly. To made pork chops!

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  6. Bros! Any good relationship takes 'work' and it sounds and looks like you both have reaped the benefits.

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    1. Jim:
      A very, very special relationship. A lot of work and a lot of love.

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  7. You two are so fortunate to have each other !

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  8. My brother's is groundhogs day so its always easy to remember

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    1. Deedles:
      As The Kid Brother would say, "No cryin'!" (But thanks.)

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  10. Best birthday wishes to your brother! It's wonderful that you have a good relationship. SO important as the years roll on.

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    1. Debra:
      It's even more special (and important I think) now that it's just the two of us.

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  11. Add our happy birthday wishes to yours. The last time I was in Florida we set facebook up on my middle brother's phone, he "liked" a picture I posted over the weekend, old dogs and new tricks.

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    1. Travel:
      Wow. That's wonderful about "middle brother." Facebook would be more than my brother could (or should) handle. He'd be clicking everything!

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  12. I adore Chuck, as I'm sure many others here do. Does he have any idea how many fans he has around the world?

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    1. Oh, and please wish Chuck a very, very happy birthday from me!!!!

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    2. Jennifer:
      I told him today that he's famous. He said, "I know!" But I told him anyway that you wished him a happy birthday. He said, "Good." Gotta love him!

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  13. Does he do you kind of cooking? Or the actual turn on the oven/stove kind? Happy birthday to your brother!

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I don't think he does so much cooking anymore. But he used to make pork chops (in his WOK!!!) among other things. So, he DID turn on the stove.

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  14. I love that last picture. I know you've already had your facetime call for his birthday but next time you talk tell him Happy Belated Birthday.

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    1. Willym:
      I will. Thanks. He'll love it... although he'll probably respond with, "I know. I know."

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  15. Love ❤️ ❤️ with tears in my eyes ! How did we all get so grown up!

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