Siblings Day??

According to Facebook, today is siblings day.  I think it’s another made up day to sell cards, or make people buy stuff.  I don’t get the point.  Perhaps its because me and my brother have an awkward relationship.  I saw people posting about their brothers/sisters who had passed, and how much they miss them.  And I realized I don’t have a picture of me and my brother from any time in the last probably 12 years.  In fact, probably the last time we had a meaningful conversation was when I was pregnant with S, or maybe right after she was born.

My brother went to school out of state for a year, and while he was away, we talked quite a bit. I have struggled with resentment when it comes to he and my father – they have a very close relationship – one I could never have with either one of them.  Two peas from the same pod.  The can communicate by grunting to each other – it’s like redneck code.

It took my father getting pretty sick a couple of years ago before I could be grateful that my father and brother had that closeness.  He was the one to convince Dad to see a doctor, and after a week or so in the hospital, where my brother took care of him like our mother the nurse would, he pulled through.  I was grateful that Dad let someone take care of him – even if it wasn’t me.  (I was the one to drop jello down the front of him).

I didn’t realize until typing this that it had been so long since I had a picture with him.  I think I’ll send a text message just to say Hey – Happy Siblings Day.  Who knows – maybe that will start a conversation.  As our parents age, and our kids grow up, I realize that time doesn’t stop for anyone.  And before I know it, it could be too late.  Seize the day, and don’t be afraid – the worst that can happen is nothing – and the best, well, that’s to be determined.  Trusting the journey is hard my friends, but oh the lessons we learn on the way!

Till tomorrow,


Erin Hill is a writer, speaker, and healer. She resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and children, who are her greatest teachers. She is currently working on her first book.

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