So how has the States been? Married life treating you well? Enjoying the new job? Enjoying the new car?
You are celebrating you birthday on Sunday. And as I’m not completely sure whether I’ll be able to e-mail you on Sunday, I decided to drop you a quick note just to say happy happy, tons of blessing, love to the family and that I love you. Your birthday card is in the mail, but I suspect it will show up a tad late, as I only managed to get it in the post this week.
To my utter disgrace I couldn’t hold back the tears as I was writing the mail. I just couldn’t help myself. It was just one of those times where the tears manage to sneak up on you, and before you realise it your mascara is running and your face is all wet, and you can’t see the computer screen properly. Gosh, I’m such a ninny! I’m quite sure you would have been laughing your head off if you had seen me….but only to hide your own emotion, I’m sure.
We have always been close the two of us. Yes yes, I know, we had our fair share of fights as youngsters, but as we grew up and you left for uni we came to realise that we love each other. You, the older brother who despite having a black belt in karate at age 11 doesn’t believe in violence, but quite gladly beat a guy to absolute mince meat for shoving me around.
You’ve been my mentor, comfort, protector, soundboard, partner in crime and best friend for so many years. I find it odd that even though I missed you when you spent 4 years working in the UK, it was nothing in comparison to how I’ve missed you the past year.
I suppose it might have something to do with the fact that you are now married, to an American, that you’ve received your green card, that you have a great job, and that I’ve since realised that this time it’s more permanent. While in the UK there was always the fact that you were coming back home to look forward to, which I supposed fooled us into missing each other less. Now however, the chances of you coming back are small. Sure, you guys plan to come visit every once in 2 years, and I’m planing a couple of trips. But i have to live with the knowledge, that never again will we be able to spend the carefree time of our youth together. We’re both a whole bunch older, your married and your baby sister is a boss for crying out loud.
I’m so glad you found a girl who loves you so much that her face positively shines whenever she sees you. I’m grateful that she shares your passion and vision and that her family has embraced you and treats you like a prince.
Once again I find myself wiping tears from my face. Damn! I hate it when i become all soft and mushy! Now, before I start crying my little heart out because I miss you so much it actually sorta hurts.
Happy Birthday! I hope this year exceeds your expectations. That you’ll be happy and incredibly blessed. And of course…..I can’t wait for you guys to come visit in March
Lots of love