Brothers, Life Lessons

A Message From Will

The Boys

Today is my brother Will’s birthday. If he were still with us he would be 73, but in our hearts he will be forever young. I think I heard him say something to us yesterday.


Remember me, but don’t be sad. Why not

Look back on the good times we had?

Recall the day we hiked to the bluffs, or

Carefree moments of childhood stuff like

Skipping rocks on the river and taking a swim,

Climbing the big tree with Judy and Jim.

Consider the nights we cruised the court square then

Back to the Delight to see who was there.

Choose moments of laughter, the best memories and

You may hear me whisper in the rustling leaves, or

Catch my wink in a firefly’s flickering light or in the

Big Dipper. Keep the North Star in sight.

Don’t think of boundaries or beginning and end, for

One day you’ll step through a curtain ever so thin

Where I will be waiting and it will be clear

I didn’t desert you but always was near.

Until then, live with abandon. I hope you’ll be free,

Just promise to smile when you think of me.

13 thoughts on “A Message From Will”

  1. Dorothy, this poem is beautiful! I love it! And your story about your brother in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” , Military Families is also a great story! My copy came today. Thank you! Enjoyed it so much!


  2. blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } A very nice tribute to a Brother ! Art

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


  3. Beautiful. It took me back many years to our youth and your home on Pear. We had lots of fun. I have no doubt Will is with you in Spirit. He would be so proud.


  4. This is a beautiful tribute! Missing a brother is something I can relate with, but it’s good to remember the good times for sure.


  5. Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

    Begin forwarded message:

    On Friday, December 21, 2018, 4:49 PM, pabperk555 wrote:

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.


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