"Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair."
Yesterday, I wrote about how thankful I am for my "Peeps". Those were my friend peeps. Today I want to express my thankfulness for my two most trusted family peeps... my one and only brother and my "other mother".
My brother, Clair, & I fought like normal siblings when we were young. Mostly, it was my brother being a bully to his much smaller, 1-year younger, sister. I think he probably had anger issues after the death of our mother and didn't have the proper guidance. I believe even he would admit to that. A strange thing happened, though, after our Dad died. Since our mother had died 5 years prior, we were now literally orphans. My dad's brother and his wife (Uncle Orval & Aunt Dorothy) agreed to take us in, serving as our legal guardians. To say the transition was difficult is an understatement. But that's a whole 'nother story. Anyway, through it all, my brother apparently decided we needed to be allies and he needed to quit picking on me. So much so that one of our teachers in high school asked if we ever fight. Although my brother and I are on totally different planes when it comes to religion, politics, and lifestyle, he is one of the most honest and trustworthy people I have ever known. He is named as the executor of my estate should the need ever arise. He and his wife, Beverly, (pictured above) are coming for Thanksgiving. The headphones my brother is wearing in the picture is not because he was tuning us out and listening to music. He has a hearing disability which increases almost all noises to an unbearable level. So the headphones are for noise blocking to keep him from going bonkers. Anyway, my brother is no longer a bully and my most trusted ally.
My "other mother", Kathy, is my second most trusted ally but not because I trust my brother more than her. Kathy was married to my legal guardian's son. She was the one who helped me through some difficult times as a teenager. She is the one who arranged for me to move to Wenatchee when I left college. She is the one who can get me to talk about things even if I don't want to talk about them. She is always more interested in what's going on in my life rather than talking about herself. Although she has 4 biological children, she totally treats me like one of her kids. Kathy and my cousin (my Aunt and Uncle's son) divorced many years ago and she is now happily remarried to Jim who is an awesome guy. She is my other most trusted ally.
I love and trust all my friends but when it comes to appointing someone to make financial and medical decisions for me, I feel totally comfortable with my brother and Kathy.
I am most thankful for both of them being in my life.
Pat Starnes-Front Gate...
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Delray Beach, FL
East Brunswick, NJ
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