In the blink of an eye…another Father’s Day has rolled around.
I reflect, each year at this time, about my Father, who I did not see again after the age of six.
I remember, fondly, Dad carrying me on his shoulders and laughing and I felt I was the whole world to him.
The above photo is of Dad and my sister Tammy…after he and my mother divorced. I have spoken with Tammy several times. She is a lovely and sweet person…and I hope to meet her soon.
Early in 2012 I received a great gift by discovering my long lost brothers and sisters. Tammy emailed me and said that she was looking for her brother, Bradley Jay Brooks. She had a picture on the email, but it did not print. Later that day I received a hard copy, through the mail, of the same letter with my childhood picture on it. I was ecstatic to not only discover that I had brothers and sisters…but that they wanted to meet me!
Since then I have communicated often with my sister Jolene, who is simply wonderful.
Also my brother Bill, who sounds on the telephone, just like I remember Dad sounding.
And, I have had the good fortune to meet and spend time with my brother Brock. When I sit and listen to him speak…or look at him…or watch his actions…it is like looking in a mirror. Brock has a wonderful family. His lovely wife, Marcy, and his two outstanding children, Jeb and Jamie.
We spent time together in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this past April. I am ready to go again!
I have also communicated with my sisters Amber and Billie. We were able to enjoy a dinner with Billie at Cunetto’s House of Pasta earlier this year. What a lovely lady…and we have the same nose!
My sons, Aaron and Jonathon, are the light of my life! With them and their tremendous mother, Mary Jane, I have had nothing but blue sky and infinite horizons!
And, so we return to the same restaurant that we had Father’s Day Dinner last year…when something is perfect…why not repeat it!