Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Musings-January 25, 2010

Today is the 29th anniversary of my brother's death, by accidental drowning at the age of 18. I would like to take a moment to remember the crazy kid he was. 


Mark loved life and lived it to the fullest, despite being diagnosed with a seizure disorder his freshman year in high school. He ran on the cross country team, drove a Suburu Brat, and adored his brand new niece, Laura Beth. He was a friend to all animals. He endured going fishing with his father and secretly disliked hunting (shhhh...don't tell Dad).  His favorite flower was the yellow rose. His favorite music artist was a toss up between Ted Nugent and AC/DC. He had tons of casual friends but a few very close ones. He enjoyed the occasional clandestine beer. He was both silly and bright. My Munchie Boy reminds me very much of him. 


Yes, we were very close in age (15 months) and fought like cats and dogs growing up. But we loved each other very much. We always had each other's back. I will always remember the time he stood up to the school bully on my behalf, such a tough little guy he was.  I still miss you, Mark, but the memories of your infectious smile, your love and your giving nature are the patches to the hole in my heart. May God continue to bless your soul. 


For a previous post on Mark, please visit this link

34 comments:

Willoughby said...

This must be a difficult day for you. I'll be thinking about you. Hugs.

Jephy's Mom said...

So true, memories are"patches to the hole in our heart." It's nice your brother left you so many. Does it feel like 29 years or does it feel like just yesterday? Thinking of you?

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That was beautiful.

Julie Schuler said...

That was lovely and sad. I hate it when people leave us too young.

Michelle said...

That was a beautiful post. Hope you have a blessed day. I can't imagine losing one of my siblings so young...take care.

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful tribute! Mark sounded like such a wonderful young man; how awesome that you can see him through your own little man!

otin said...

That made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It was sad, but there was also so much love in it, and the visuals that I have, roughly being that age and liking the same music, really hit home with me. My thoughts are with you today.

Thankfully Thrifty said...

That must be so hard. I'm glad you have so many great memories of him!
Just visiting from SITS.

Erin said...

Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and will offer up my sufferings today for your brother!

blueviolet said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and the sense of emptiness you must really be feeling. ((hugs))

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

What a beautiful tribute post!
So sad though.That is really tough. I'm so sorry ,Polly.

I'm thinking of you,
BIG HUGS xx

L.B. said...

Thanks for sharing your brother and how much he meant to you with us. I remember the original post and feeling so sad that you had to suffer through that. I can't imagine such a tough loss. It's great that you keep him near to your heart and that his memory persists.

Tiffany said...

what a beautiful rememberance--your brother sounds like he was a wonderful person.

MJ said...

Polly dear, that was a beautiful tribute. I am positive he is still with you; watching over and protecting you.
great big {{{{HUGS}}}}
Love,
MJ

Jenny said...

Oh Polly. I am so sorry. Sending you a hug and the hopes that though it is a sad day the sweet memories wrap around you in comfort and joy. That was a beautiful tribute.

Tracy said...

I count myself lucky every day that I have yet to lose a parent or sibling. What beautiful tribute this was.

Purple Flowers said...

You wrote a beautiful tribute about a brother who was special beyond most words. I hope you think of him as your Angel, looking down on you and family and smiling. Talk to him, try to feel him around you. You'd be surprised as to how close he is around you.

Michelle Hoad said...

Saying a prayer that you find joy on your difficult day. It was a lovely tribute to your brother.

Kimberly said...

Oh, If I lived around you I would take you some warm soup and give you a hug.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Reluctant Housewife said...

What a lovely tribute for your brother.

drollgirl said...

that is so sad that he died so young.

and if he liked ac/dc, and i am pretty sure i would have wanted to be his friend. :)

Holly said...

What a lovely tribute to you brother. I cannot imagine the sorrow...my prayers are with you today.
Holly

Erin said...

Oh wow. I cannot begin to imagine. You are in my thoughts today. My brother is named Mark, too, and we are about 20 months apart.

This was a touching read. Thank you for sharing with us!

Corrie Howe said...

Thank you for sharing and keeping his memory alive. My oldest son reminds me so much of my brother that I even call him by my brother's name. My husband keeps asking me why I do that. I guess because they are so alike. (But I hope not in the ways which I really dislike about my brother...no ambition and marrying someone no one liked for the first 20 years of marriage.)

Thom said...

What a wonderful fitting tribute to your brother. No matter how long passes the memories are always with us and it just makes us stronger and better people :) My thoughts are with you. Much Aloha and Sunshine sent your way :)

Brian Miller said...

thoughts and prayers today. keep those god memories flowing.

thrasherswife said...

What a sweet tribute - God's peace be with you especially today...

Ms Bibi said...

What a wonderful tribute to your brother. Thank you for sharing your thoughts during this special yet difficult day with us. It means a lot.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

Midday Escapades said...

*Hugs* to you. That was a great tribute to your brother.

AJ said...

***hug***
What a challenge in life! So sorry you lived through this!

Weezer said...

What beautiful memories. My brother and I are just 13 months apart and I can't imagine growing up with out him....though we did have our sibling disputes.
bright thoughts and hugs to you.

gayle said...

I am reading this a day late. Thank you for sharing your brother with us!! I am sure it has been very hard ~missing him!!

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