My “Little Brother”

This was an incredibly sad weekend. Saturday, we learned that the husband of a dear friend suddenly passed away the night before.  Later that day, news came that the mother of one of Marshall’s classmates lost her battle with cancer. Motor Man heard that the wife of one of his racing acquaintances passed away from a health issue.

And yesterday afternoon….. I received the call that Eddie, my oldest nephew, born when I was just two-and-a-half, had died of natural causes.

When Eddie was born, my sister, June,  and her husband lived in Syracuse, New York.  While researching old photos for this post, I discovered one that I’d never seen before.  It was on a thumb drive of files from June’s computer. I’m guessing this is Eddie as a newborn. (It could possibly be his brother, John, born just ten months after Eddie. But the parents sure have that “smitten with our first baby” look.)

Soon after that, June and her family moved to our area, and it was then that Eddie and I became like sister and brother.  They lived in our little town so we visited quite often.

A few years later, June and her family (which by then included Eddie’s siblings, John, Donna and Barb) moved several miles away. So we didn’t see each other quite as often, but we still had frequent family visits.

That’s Eddie,standing by his mom

We celebrated birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and often just visited for no reason.

Sometimes for my school recess or PE, we’d be required to play softball. I was taunted (and always the last one chosen for a team) because I could never hit the ball. On weekends, Eddie would try to help me.  Neither of us had a ball and bat, so we used a stick and black walnuts to practice.  Surprisingly, I managed to connect with those black walnuts much more often than I ever did a softball. Perhaps it was who was pitching to me?

Many summer afternoons, we watched Dark Shadows and were scared terrified together.

In our adult years, we saw each other less often, so those family gatherings were even more special.  This was taken during a Christmas visit from Eddie when Marshall was six months old. My sister, June (Eddie’s mom) is to the right.

At a more recent family gathering in our yard a few summers ago,  Eddie  is obviously enjoying time with his nephew, Ray.

And that’s how I shall remember “my little brother”….relaxing, smiling and happy.

~These Days Of Mine~





16 responses to “My “Little Brother”

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. A warm and lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing the story and photos.

  3. I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Thank you for sharing the photos.

  4. So sorry for your family’s loss. Hugs.

  5. What a moving loving tribute. I’m so sorry for your loss, and hope you can remember all the good times when you are feeling low. Your dear sister June introduced me to your blog via Knitting Paradise, so it seems such a small world! A big hug from Guernsey in the British Isles, xxx

  6. So, so sorry. Thankful you have such good memories. Your post is a loving tribute.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is so beautiful. I feel blessed being able to share in it, so touching. Love all the photos and the anecdotes so much… the sweetness of it all, the black walnuts… just precious.

  8. So sorry for your loss Dianna. As you know, like Lin I was introduced to your blog by June. Sending another big hug from the UK.

  9. Amazing tribute..
    It’s really good to see some of these photos..
    & smiling & happy is the best way to remember him

  10. Oh, I’m sorry you lost this family member who was like a brother to you. But what a lovely tribute you wrote about him. You will always have such wonderful memories and photos to remember him by.

  11. Beautiful tribute. Bless your heart. I’m sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  12. You and JR certainly did have a very sad week……I’m so sorry you’ve lost your “little brother”. The memories you’ve shared are lovely and no doubt he enjoyed recalling those times as well. Love the photos………..

    Hugs, Pam

  13. preston fouts-paul

    i’m so sorry for your loss dianna – eddie sounds like the perfect ‘brother’. i have an idea he and mom are having a great time catching up. i think you have lots of happy memories with eddie and that should help you through this sad time. — sam

  14. I am so sorry. I waited until tonight to read your post because I wanted to really read it and take it all in. What a wonderful relationship you had and how much he will be missed. I am so sorry for your week of losses–sometimes it seems overwhelming, doesn’t it? Sending prayers and hugs and happy that you have so many wonderful pictures and memories of Eddie.

  15. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Sometimes our losses come together. So sorry this has happen to you, dear friend The.tribute you gave for you nephew ( aka younger brother) a title I am sure he was proud to carry was wonderful. May God give you and the family the peace and comfort you need only HE can provide, ❤

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