I’ve reached 1000 followers on this blog.
Yeah yeah. I know. Most bloggers, including me, say that they don’t care about that.
They care a little. I care a little.
For years nobody was reading anything I wrote. Now some are, at least some of that 1000 are.
Then April 10th was International Siblings Day and I did not write a tribute or message about my siblings on the day, but I have been thinking about siblings, thinking a lot.
I spent the day yesterday with my siblings, my father with some of his, and my niece and nephew…well, I watched them play for hours.
The fact that siblings grow up, move away, and grow apart is hard for me to accept sometimes.
I watched my siblings, my father and uncles, and my niece and nephews. I thought about how deserving of that relationship my other nephew is.
I thought about how siblings can be far far apart physically, but still remain close, or living nearby and as far apart emotionally as possible.
Or distance can keep them apart and things are just never the same.
My father’s half-brother is visiting from Germany.
The “half” part matters little. The connection is not half anything.
I watch them and I think again about siblings.
Circumstances keep siblings apart and it takes effort to come back together again.
I had forgotten what he was like, since I saw him five years ago.
Things started to come back to me, about how generous he was in hosting us, when visiting Germany in the late 90s.
He is outgoing and friendly and fun.
The language barrier gets in the way some, but he speaks enough English to get by.
It is too bad he is the one who speaks English. Languages have never been my thing, but it makes you want to conquer that obstacle.
The brothers are off to visit their sister.
Life is unpredictable.
It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that they all had a whole lifetime before I ever existed. I can’t fathom that and it makes me wistful.
From Germany to southwestern Ontario, to near to Canada’s capital, Ottawa.
Time and space can separate those connected by blood, but those gaps must be bridged. Time doesn’t slow down for anyone.
On visiting my aunt last month I felt this most acutely. She is my connection to her mother, my oma, and meeting her, ten years into my own life and fifty or so into hers was a blessing in my life.
As time flies by, opportunities slip past, past me and past them. We all know that.
I didn’t want to leave her that March day and now the siblings pose, arms around each other, holding on tight to whatever time they have left.
But they never know when that time together might run out, for any of them.
I wish I could slow this process down, for them and for myself too. I wish I could freeze it in still.
No language barrier can get in the way of love and family.
I watch the newest generation and it seems like they have all the time in the world, all the time to learn and grow and be siblings.
I think of my 1000 blog followers and what importance that holds, the milestones that mean the most. I think of the importance siblings have in my life.
It helps me to keep life in perspective and to remember what’s truly important to me.
I would be nowhere and nothing without my siblings. I love to see all the siblings around me. I want us all to make time for each other, to appreciate one another, and to never forget that we started out together, we know each other like no one else does or ever will.
Yet sibling relationships are all different. Some take time to grow.
It’s a unique and special connection that a sister or a brother has or is to the others.
All the realities of growing up and drifting apart don’t matter, they won’t matter in the end, when the end comes.
He brings my niece and nephews gifts from Germany, my uncle does. He toasts me, our beer bottles clinking and I’m glad he’s here.
I am lucky to have him and the others in my life, in my family, forever and no matter where we all live, where we all go, might end up at.
Hope everyone can have a day like I had, parents and siblings, aunt and uncles, niece and nephews. Gather family around and don’t let them go.
Not everyone can say they’ve had a day like I’ve just had, but make the effort. You won’t regret that you did.
Special thank you to every one of my blog followers. You read my words and I thank you for that.
Thank you to my siblings, for all the support you’ve shown for this blog and for me.