I have 3 brothers: Marshall (the oldest), Jim (the 2nd oldest), and Pat (the youngest). I was #3 of 4.
We lost Marshall a very few years back; it seems like yesterday. He had been sick off and on for quite a while. Diabetes, I think, was the biggest varmit in his arsenal. He spent =say= the last 3 years living in apartment type places designed for elderly folks and in nursing homes. I can tell you that he was pretty much an intellectual with a PhD in Psychology - and a gift of gab which he could use to confuse the truth if he so chose.
We moved him to a nursing home in Corsicana eventually where I got to see him daily. Oft times, we would make a side trip out to a local eating joint.
I take the Dallas paper - always have when I could. Marshall did too until he moved here. I would read my paper and take him the copy which he would read through failing eyes.
What brought this whole conversation up today is - it is Friday. In Friday's paper is ALWAYS an advertising section for Fry's Electronics. I can tell you that Marshall lived for this insert. He poured over each detail. When he was younger and could drive his own car, he would make a Friday ( or weekend ) excursion to Fry's - Computer City - Best Buy - Costco - and that other one compu-something. Can't remember.
So, long story short - EVERY FRIDAY when I open my paper, I remove Fry's advertisement and Marshall is once again sitting there beside me pouring over the details. That is it. I miss my brother.
M3 (#3 child)
A "STONE" is a family word for a personal story or thought, not quite an essay or short story. We moved to central Texas to be near a daughter. We are down to only one wirehair dachshund - Sadie. (Goodbye in 2021 to Oscar the ball boy and Bruno the larger twin) & my wife -- penned by a retired Texas H.S. band director - just nonsense thoughts unrelated to each other or anything other than what's happening and comments.
Friday, August 12, 2011
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