Dear John

You were my first friend, my first hero.
Until I discovered John Wayne.
Then our world grew large and mean.
You gave me music,
And then you left.
You made us learn to live without you.
We’d finally begun building a bridge.
Perhaps we’ll finish it soon.
But for now we must say farewell.

Fair winds and following seas, dear “Big Bother”*.

Daddy, Brother and me 1954

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.”**


My Big Brother
January 8, 1952 – April 19, 2018


“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

1 Corinthians 15:54  (NIV)

*Not a typo – a joke between siblings.

**From To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick, 1591 – 1674





Filed under Notes from the Apex, photography

25 responses to “Dear John

  1. Sending warm heartfelt thoughts. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: The Wedding and Funeral Game | What Next: Behind Roo's Ruse

  3. bisimodupe1975

    I am so sorry for your loss Roos. Death brings with a painful separation but thanks be to God that we have a hope. May the Lord comfort you and your family at this time.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: Why Worry? | What Next: Behind Roo's Ruse

  5. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    I had a harder time when I lost my baby brother than when I lost my parents, and that was hard.
    I will say prayers for you and your family.
    The pictures are so wonderful, such a treasure!
    Hugs and prayers.


  6. So sorry for your loss. He was the same age as my older sister, I can only imagine how hard it must be for you. You’re in my prayers. 💕

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sorry for your loss… Stay strong

    Liked by 1 person

  8. God bless you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I’m so sorry to hear the news. I’m praying for you and your family.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. My sympathies. I loved the pictures.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. My sympathies and condolences.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss my sweet friend! What wonderful pictures you have to remember him by. Sending 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

Your thoughts matter to me. Of course I'd like to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.