Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I will never forget.....

Happy 32nd Birthday Robbie!~

My baby brother, the one who I always nurtured and cared for like he was my own.  Robbie and I are 3 years apart in age but have always been extremely close.  Even through life's ups and downs we managed to have the unspeakable bond.  He was the most beautiful little boy with blonde hair and big blue eyes and has grown into a wonderful man.

I will never forget the day he left for college, it was a feeling of loss that still stings when I think of it.  I was so proud of him but he was my sidekick, he was the one who made me, well me.  I will never forget the day he called to tell me he was going to be a dad.  I was sitting in my bedroom in the house we grew up in full of disbelief, it took quite some time for that to sink in.  I was the first one he told, :)!  For some reason I love that!  He was the first of the three of us to have a child.  I will never forget the day he became a dad.  He was in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Stewart, GA.  My grandmother, my parents and I were there for the birth of his beautiful daughter Layla Jayne.  Since Tracy had a C-section Robbie and I went with Layla while they cleaned her up and did all that is done to a new born.  I will never forget the three of us in the elevator and Rob said, "I'm a dad", as a tear trickled down my face.  I will never EVER forget the night I had to tell him goodbye before he left for his deployment for Iraq.  Again, a feeling of loss, like I was losing my best friend. I again could not wrap my brain around the fact that my brother was going to war.  I will never forget the day we got the call that he had been wounded and an IED had blown up his Humvee.  Robert and I were at Jerry's, I had been laying out and Robert met me half way up the yard to tell me my parents had called and something had happened to my brother.  I will never forget standing in the kitchen at Jerry's talking to my dad as he explained what had happened.  I felt so out of control, so scared since we didn't know many details about his injury. 

Oh and the good times, we have had so many of them.  The holidays together, the birthdays, and the college days.  I loved visiting him at VCU and then we lived together in Radford.  Our Radford days I think I would rather forget. HA!  Wouldn't you agree?  I always loved doing his hair (Rob, I still can't believe you let me do your hair so often) ;).  People often thought we were twins, we both had long curly locks.  We were buddies and still are.

This is just a glimpse of the amazing person he is.  I am honored to be his sister and truly love him with all of my heart.  For those of you who have a brother can relate on some level with me, it's a love that you can't explain.  I thank God for the man he has become and I look forward to what his future holds. 

Moose, Rob dog, Rob Rob, and my Rob.  Many birthday blessings to my handsome, smart and funny brother. I love you so much.

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