Thoughts on a brother, upon his graduation from college, AKA You Taught Me – June 14, 2013

My brother graduates from college on Saturday.  And while words cannot fully express how proud I am, I will still attempt a few thoughts on my experience with him.  Congratulations Andrew!  I’m so glad I get to be your sister. Love, love, love you!

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You were born into chaos

Yet brought joy

An unexpected surprise

More than could be dreamed;

I didn’t know what it meant to be a sister:

You taught me


Your blue eyes and ever changing hair

Shedding your clothes like a wild animal

Flashes of you smiling, laughing and snuffing

But even then not always so;

I couldn’t understand your withdrawals:

You taught me


A tender heart

So often hurt – so often misunderstood

Stomach aches

Too deep to comprehend;

Unfailing generosity and empathy:

You taught me


You grew and grew

Suddenly one day, taller

I was too busy to really see you

Missed precious time;

Still you gave unmerited love:

You taught me


I remember the call

The fear of loss

The trauma – the panic – the sadness

Never ending anxiety;

I never knew grief before:

You taught me


Slow growth and blooming

Miraculous before my eyes

I gave you up

But saw you resurrected;

God’s immeasurable grace:

You taught me


Standing now

A man before me

I wonder where the child went

Yet catch the twinkle still in your eye;

Strength, compassion, and love:


You taught me

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