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A Birthday Celebration

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Posted 06-05-2011 at 07:06 AM by caninemom3

It is so hard to believe. My wonderful brother Andy's birthday is Monday, June 6. He would have been 65. Andy died when he was just 31 of an accidental drowning. There is not a day that has gone by I have not thought of him and missed him and pined for him. He was my best friend at the time. My big brother and my protector as well as confidant.

We had so many wonderful adventures together. The last Spring and Summer of his life Andy stayed with my husband, David, and I a great deal at our apartment. We didn't have a lot of money but whatever we had Andy was always welcomed to. David loved Andy as much as I did (still do). Very frequently that year when Andy would be staying with us on the weekend we would dine on baked potatoes with a variety of toppings. Andy never complained about the limited choices for food. He was grateful.

On the hot summer days that year, 1977, Andy and I would behave like little kids - we would actually chase each other outside and have squirt gun fights. Andy and I walked to the library a lot that year. He was an intelligent man, a fun friend and brother who just happened to have a penchant for drinking.

I am not proud, nor would Andy be either, but he had the habit of giving the police a run for their money when arrested. Now he was never violent, never used foul language, just would be a bit of a wisecracker to the police. He was down on his luck that year, the year he turned 31. His wife had kicked him out, he lost his job and he moved back in with my parents. We would have had him move in with us but he would not hear of it.

His birthday that year was fun filled. More squirt gun fights, lots of heart to heart discussions and talks about everything under the sun, watching movies, going for walks and a celebration of his day. Little did I know then that in just two months he would be gone.

Happy Birthday Dear Brother. In my mind's eye you will always be that 31 year old (excuse the term) Hell raiser, the free spirit and loving friend you were in those days.

I just hope you aren't giving the angels and St. Peter too hard of a time in heaven. I suspect they have all grown very fond of you. After all, what would heaven be without a little mischief from time to time ??

I love you, Andy, happy 65th, my dear brother. You are never far from my heart and soul xo

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