"Your brother fell, he is being choppered over to the University of Pennsylvania now, he may not make it, I suggest you get there as soon as you can"
(My dad. The ultimate straight shooter, that's just who he has always been...)
I go-see my brother...
He sees me, smiles wide, he's Mr Happy-Go-Lucky
"Hey T, so great to see you!! thank you so much for coming."
(The morphine was working)
He's laying there...body all contorted mangled in ways I have never actually seen before-with a huge hole in his forehead-blood everywhere and and he's thrilled to see me. Omg.
It was one of those oddly endearing laughter through tears moments.
A tree surgeon who had the day off but wanted a little extra holiday cash to buy his son some more presents... slips and falls 60 feet down...landing on his feet. Upon impact his leg bones literally went through the bottom of his feet -smashing several bones into dust..then he fell forward smashing his head.
We always knew that "eventually" he will need to get his foot amputated.
13 years later and the process is beginning. But first he needs surgery on his other foot to strengthen it before he can get this done.
But here is the point of this share...
My brother is a remarkable human.
Through his grueling recovery, he went back to school, got his business degree, opened a business and then another one. Lives every day to the fullest, is in service to many people, is personality PLUS, works non-stop and he is all about his family.
These words below are my brothers words:
Each evening I go outside. I look up at the sky, drop my head and I pray. I pray to God to “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Today, I hold my wife and sons close to my heart and I pray to God for their safety. And I pray that maybe one day I will be reunited with my daughter.
When I became honest with myself, everything from my past and everything I will have to deal with. I still have to contend with a future of more knees surgeries, the possible amputation of my foot, and the potential to be in a wheel chair for the rest of my life, I can face it. I will deal with it. No running away. No matter what happens now, I know I’ll be okay because I’m happy with who I am."
Oh, remember when I returned to PA in September for one of my Brothers weddings? This is THAT BROTHER!!!!
BEST WEDDING EVER BY THE WAY!!!!!!!
Much love from me to him and his family...