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Confession time

Friday, September 06, 2013

Monday this week, one of my best friends celebrated his birthday. Funny, but for first several years I knew him, I didn't really ever managed to remember his birthday. For the record, I am really bad with birthdays. I can generally remember a month, but the actual date is tough for anyone other than really immediate family.

A year or so ago, thanks to Facebook, I finally figured out his birthday, and it knocked me over. His birthday is the same as my brother's birthday. So easy, right?

Except it wasn't. My brother isn't here anymore to celebrate his birthday. He died in Iraq 7 years ago while on patrol.

So here is one of my dearest friends, one of the world's very best guys, who happens to have the same birthday and same first name as my brother. And one day a year, I just can't deal.

Sorry for the downer. I just needed to get that off my shoulders. Maybe next year it won't hurt so much.
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JEN_ORR 9/9/2013 1:29PM

  Thank you for all the support.

It usually doesn't bother me so much. I know that he totally loved being in the Army and was proud of the team he led.

I think what bothers me most is just how much I resent my friend for sharing his birthday.



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DEBORAH2180 9/7/2013 10:57AM

    God BLESS him for his sacrifice. I am so sorry he did not come home the way you want and need him to be. My son served in Afghanistan and was injured from an IED blast ten feet from him. His Sargent survived but lost both legs. My son was in the hospital for several days with a head concussion. Happened on the eve of Christmas Eve. I hope you can get past the hurt and remember him during happier times. God Bless!

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68ANNE 9/6/2013 10:07PM

    Vent is the best thing you can do sometimes

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CLESHER 9/6/2013 4:25PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing, and I definitely wish I were able to thank him for his service....

Grieving is a very real process and I wouldn't let this get you down.....it might be painful for a very long time....

I truly hope next year it wont be as hard....

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LUANN7 9/6/2013 4:09PM

    i AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS BUT i DONT KNOW THAT ANOTHER YEAR WILL MAKE IT ANY BETTER- ITS GOING TO HURT JUST AS BAD EVERY YEAR- I AM SO SORRY.

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/6/2013 2:34PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, no wonder you blocked out your friends birthday. That's what we are here for the good, bad, and the ugly...thanks for sharing! And God bless you today and give you peace.

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