Come Sail Away

I have seen you everywhere lately: The movie I watched last night with a big brother overseas in the military. The song we used to sing together coming on the radio. All this news of terrible attacks flooding my TV and internet browser. An old photo uncovered during Spring cleaning. In my dreams. Getting stuck behind a mom-van covered with Navy bumper stickers. Questions from friends and family about how you’re doing and what you’re up to.

I miss you every day. I think of you every night. I pray for your safety. I wish for your happiness. I am scared. I am worried. I am sad without you. Most of all though, I am insanely proud of you.

I have seen you grow from this pesky punk picking on his little sister into a respectable, astonishing man that works hard to make dreams come true. You are dedicated and strong in more than physical pursuits. You are polite, caring and insanely loyal. You set goals and work your ass off to achieve them, you certainly don’t settle. I still get annoyed with you (especially when you tell me to get my shit together and treat me like a baby). I still think I could beat you up. I still think you listen to the worst music of all time. I still think most girls are not good enough for you. I still want you to know that when you look up at the sky tonight, wherever you are, I am seeing the same stars here.

Big brothers are hard to get along with but impossible to replace. You have been everything to me that you never had to be even when it got tough. I love you.



  1. sallydonnelly11 · March 29, 2016

    So beautiful. I love the combination of sentences that brought tears to my eyes, along with “I still think I could beat you up.” !! I hope your brother remains safe and I too appreciate his loyalty to country. Thanks for sharing. I hope you share this with him, too.


  2. thissideofthegreen · March 29, 2016

    The love you have for your brother shines through! I am thankful for your brother’s service to our country. My one brother served in Vietnam so I know how hard it is when they are not near.


  3. travelinma · March 29, 2016

    I feel your heartache. My 18 year old just enlisted. I too have been spending think time…reflecting on my love. Thank you for the sacrifices made by your brother and his entire family. It is not easy.


  4. Samantha Marquardt · April 1, 2016

    This is a lovely tribute to your brother. I am so glad I read it. A huge thank you to him and your whole family for your sacrifice. I hope you get to see him soon.


  5. Tom Foth · April 2, 2016

    I’m still waiting for your one woman stage show where you take on topics like this. If I shut my eyes, I can see you doing it….


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