The Wed. before Christmas had come and my kiddos packed up and left to go spend Christmas with their dad. I had plenty to do, gifts to wrap, house to clean, it was three days before Christmas, who doesn't have a list a mile long? I knew that I would be working all of the Christmas holiday so this was my night to get some things done!
So where did I find myself? Lazily watching T.V. and casually getting a few things done. I was sitting there on the couch when I received a text from my brother Don. We had talked a little prior about Crickets and he had thought about getting his wife one for Christmas. He was texting from a Roberts Craft store, he told me he had decided to get his wife one and wanted to know what cartridges to get to go with it. He told me what a great deal he was getting but that it didn't go on sale until 9 p.m. I looked at my watch and noticed it was about 8:15. We continued to text back and forth about various supplies to go with the Cricket and other random things. The conversation moved to what we were doing for Christmas and other various topics. I'm not sure how we got on the topic of me and some of the challenges that I had gone through in the last couple of years ( but let's not forget I am texting a man in Roberts with time to kill.) He mentioned that one good thing that had come of all of the changes and challenges in my life was that he and I had gotten to spend more time together!
We really didn't get along great as kids (what siblings do?) As we both got older with families we would get together at times and at one time lived quite close to one another but we were both busy with our families and "life". But through it all I wouldn't really say that we were never really close.
I had to admit he was RIGHT! My brother had been there whenever I needed him for ANYTHING! The conversation continued and he told me that he had missed his little sister and how much he loved me and that he was sorry for all the mean things he had done for me when we were kids!
I was quite teary at this point and feeling pretty lucky to have such a great big brother! I felt like I had just gotten one of the BEST Christmas gifts that I could have asked for! It came a few days early, and it didn't have much of package but it's a gift that I will NEVER forget!
Thanks Don! I LOVE you and think I am one lucky girl to have you for a brother and a FRIEND!!!