Today is Big Bro’s birthday and he’s been very much on my mind since I woke this morning. We have always been extremely close and he’s great the way he has looked out for me since I was tiny.
We have very similar interests and tennis was something that really brought us together through both practice and playing together in mixed doubles tournaments for years.
I texted him this morning to wish him a happy birthday and got a typical reply that included: Thanks. Time passes….. I’ll go for a walk and cool swim.
Yes, he’s another mad all year round sea swimmer. I hadn’t intended to go for a swim today because it was so cold ~ the coolest around here since 2010. Anyway, I got to the beach with the dogs at the time I knew that Big Bro would be going for his ‘cool swim’ and was struck by the way there was a path of golden sunbeams reaching from the horizon back to the shore. It looked so like the pathway that he and I have walked, played, laughed, cried, teased, run, tennised, read, written, chatted, hiked, driven, paddled and swum together for almost six decades now.
I simply had to dash in and join with him in a celebratory swim, even if we were 100 miles apart. It’s quite incredible how many memories came splashing back as I had the dip in the golden waters. I wonder what he was thinking about. I know that he’d just chuckle and pretend to have forgotten if I asked him so I won’t bother. You do get to know someone when they’ve been an essential part of your life always.
So, for now, my thought is that ‘the family that swims together stays together.’