December 31, 2009

Reflections - Uncle Jimmy

My brother Jimmy, or Uncle Dimmy as his nieces and nephews call him, is two years younger than me. We were very close growing up and I believe he looked up to me as his older sister. He was followed by three more sisters, so I can imagine it was tough sometimes for him with all those domineering women!

Jimmy is one of my favorite people. He is one of the funniest people I know and he can get me laughing within seconds of seeing him. He is kind, caring and sensitive, perhaps the result of four sisters. He lives in Florida, so I do not see him nearly as much as I would like. We missed him at Christmas this year.

On this last day of 2009, I will share my brother's reflection; it brings back happy memories of my father. Uncle Dimmy's reflection is from the heart, a stream of consciousness, and it is all his.

I remember, first you and John coming to Naples for a visit a couple of months before she was born. I remember you saying you didn’t do the amnio because you were flying down. I also remember you saying amnio or not it didn't matter. I also remember you digging out a hole in the sand so you could lie on your tummy - I'm smiling just remembering that.

Next, I remember you called me to tell me Alex had arrived and Mom ended up telling me about how special Alex is.

What I remember the most is the relationship she had with Dad. Dad was so crazy for her. I swear they were best friends. I never saw that kind of love Dad shared with Alex - it was so special. I am also the benefactor of her big smiles, big hugs and huge heart.

I love the way she goes out of her way to love me when I'm around and she seems to nurture me! I don't have the challenges you might have in raising her - but the again - I don’t have the rewards - you win, so does she.

Yes Jimmy, I do love to win. Your memories bring a smile to my face too!

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