Beginning in late September, my family is inundated with reasons for gift-giving...birthdays mostly.
Today is my brother's birthday. Today Charlie turns 47. Closer to 50 than he's ever been before! I'm not sure that most of you even knew I had a brother - but I do. He's 4 years older than me. And if I had to sum Charlie up in a nutshell, I'd have to say this about him. First, I know my brother loves me - unconditionally. We don't have a very close relationship, some of that is the fault of geography but most of it is because we couldn't be any more different than had we come from two different families. He loves a good time; he would prefer that everyone always be happy and free from worry and concern. He is a homebody. He's never been on a plane. He loves to laugh and does so often. He's gotten to be pretty good in the kitchen. He's an awesome auto mechanic. He's loyal - to a fault - to his friends. He lives for the weekend.
We love to celebrate birthdays in my family. They really are cause for rejoice. The birth of a new soul. Oh, what will this little one offer the world? What will they see? How will they serve? We love to acknowledge each others' lives and say "we're so glad you're here".
I won't be with my brother today but he will be exceptionally close to my heart for obvious reasons. And with the great age of computers, I'll be sending him some silly e-card that I hope will make him giggle a little. And I will be praying that he has an AWESOME day and will let Mom and Daddy treat him to a special birthday dinner!
Happy Birthday Brother - I love you...