Now we are only 6

As everyone knows, I come from a family where I was blessed to have 14 brothers and sisters. Now, that was great when we were young. But now that we are ‘more mature’ (that’s a fancy way to say old) we seem to be facing the constant reminders of our mortality more and more often.

I don’t usually take my cell phone into the bedroom with me. I normally get very little sleep each night and I do not need the distraction. Besides, my wife always has hers attached to her hip. But last night, I told my wife that I thought I should keep my phone with me. At 3:35 this morning I received a phone call from my Sister to tell me that my brother had passed away.

Strange, all the things that run through your mind at a time like this.

We are now only 6.

37 thoughts on “Now we are only 6

  1. That’s so sad, Jerry. 6 left out of 15. No way of averting death as there is of life. It is the fullness and the memories living on in others which help to come to terms with loss. How odd that was the night you felt the need to keep your phone near you.

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  2. Jerry,
    You have already met a number of losses from what you tell but I am sure that it did not make the loss of this brother any easier. Everyone is different and carries a different imprint in your heart.
    Chiming in with Roland, the pain now later becomes the strength as memories comfort and at times amuse.
    miriam

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  3. I’m so sorry, Jerry. 😦
    I’m glad you followed the prompting in your heart and mind and took your phone with you.
    You’ve suffered a lot of loss. And I know it never gets easier. But, I know you will recall the good memories of your brother…and smile.
    My prayers for you and your family.
    (((HUGS))) and ❤ to each of you, too.

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    1. Thank you Davy. I can remember just before my father died, he told me that he was just getting too tired of seeing everyone he loved die. I now know what he was saying. I could not imagine how I would handle the death of one of my children.

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  4. Jerry, I am oh so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother!!! Even when you know it’s coming, my wife’s late husband had a terminal diagnosis 5 years before passing, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when it happens! Wow! Down to 6 says it all. I’m guessing you were at the tail end of the 14?

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! I’m hoping and know that you will have comfort and support from your brothers and sisters!!

    Her is a piece I wrote that I hope you will find comforting! This something I wrote for the passing of my neighbor’s spouse.

    Bless you, My Friend
    Chuck

    A FLICKERING SOUL
    By Charles Robert Lindholm

    He was a candle in the wind
    that brightened up
    the darkness of the night
    with the light he
    brought into my life

    He warmed my heart
    with his flame
    as it flickered
    and fluttered
    inside his soul
    and protected me
    from the cold
    and lonely
    winters of life

    My days were always
    brighter with him
    by my side
    and for me
    the sun could
    not compete
    with him

    A candle in the wind
    that flickered
    and fluttered

    A Flickering Soul
    a beautiful flame
    that I shall
    love forever

    Copyright © 2017 Charles Robert Lindholm – All Rights Reserved

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    1. Such a wonderful poem and your words are a comfort in this time. Yes, I am the next to the youngest of my siblings. However, my brother that was just 2 years older than me passed away 2 years ago. The brother that just moved on had a twin sister that died about 6 months ago. They were both just 4 years older than me.

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