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.