Thursday, June 12, 2014

On This Day 62 Years Ago........


.......my brother, Bernard, was born.
I remember that day in 1952 because he had beaten his four other siblings
as far as weight goes.....he weighed in at 12 lbs. 1 oz!!
He was a big baby!
And of the eventual nine children, he kept this family record.


Many years have passed since Bernard died back in 1972
 two months before his 20th birthday.

I have often imagined what it would have been like if he was still with us.
That is a futile exercise to be sure.

I prefer to remember him as he was..... feisty yet gentle, intelligent, lover of all music,
great conversationalist, and wonderful brother.


24 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry, that kind of pain never goes away, it just hides every now and then, but I know that his growth has continued in our Spiritual world because we never die, a soul can never die, and that I know as a certainty. So think of him talk to him, believe me he'll hear you. I'm betting from up above he's very proud of his little brother

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  2. So sad to think of this brother that you lost, but know that eventually you will see him again and have so much to share! How the years do go by, but the memories last forever

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  3. If only if, I had met you one year earlier, then I would have met him!

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  4. What a beautiful retrospective. He looks and sounds like he was an amazing young man, Jim.

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  5. 12 pounds! Wow! That is a big baby. He has a beautiful smile. I am sorry for your loss. How wonderful that you can remember so many good things.

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  6. A big hug to you, Jim...Just looking at Bernard's expression in the photo makes me think that he must have been a very special brother. He looks very gentle, sweet and happy.

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  7. What a sweet and sad story.

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  8. It is good to honor him the way you do.

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  9. Bernard was one big baby!! What a beautiful tribute to your brother, Jim. .. so sad... so young and full of life...

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  10. A beautiful smile. Our loved ones stay with us until we pass. A Happy Birthday to Bernard. A pleasant day of memories to you, Jim.

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  11. A bittersweet birthday memory, I'm sure. It's good that you have such wonderful memories of your beloved brother.

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  12. Your brother had such a kind face, I know you must miss him. I often wonder how it would be if I still had my brother.

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  13. His memory will always be a blessing.
    Lovely tribute to your brother, Jim .
    So sad that he died so young :(

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  14. This is so beautifully done. Your earlier posts about Bernard were written before we connected, so I just went back and learned about his life. I finally (and healthfully, I think) stopped trying to imagine what life would be like if my sister were still alive or my cousin who died when we were both 14. You've got the right idea in simply remembering a wonderful brother. Sending you warm thoughts and hugs from here.

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  15. Remember as if Bernard is still with you, sharing happy times together, as you did in those other years. Caring, ,loving words, a tribute that tells of family love like no other. Hugs, Jean.

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  16. Such a terrible shame he passed so young, life can be so cruel. Also 9 siblings! I bet there was never a dull momemt in your household, or a moments peace for that!
    Thank you for sharing this memory of your brother with us.

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  17. beautiful post,I remember my sister as she was -- I lost my "little" sister back in the late 70s, we were the best of friends-and I still miss her very much-so sad when life is taken when so young

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  18. Oh Jim, I'm sorry you lost your wonderful brother, and way too soon.

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  19. He will always be alive in the good memories you have of him, Jim. I hope he is in a better place, resting in peace.

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  20. I'm sorry that you lost him. I know you'll see him again, but please don't leave us now.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. they always remain the same in our memories, never aging or getting ill. He looks like a very sensitive, caring, funny soul. And omgosh he was a big baby. your poor mum. take care Jim.

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  22. No one is every really gone, not entirely. A very nice tribute Jim.

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