Thursday, 31 July 2014

July 31st.....A Day To Remember♥️












Remember my happy wee sunflower that grew in my planter?

Well look at him today!

He is looking so bright and happy...

It made me smile...

Inspite of my heavy heart today...

My dear brother Tom...

Passed away 17 years ago today...

He was only 39 years old...

Broke a lot of people's hearts when he died...

I miss him endlessly...

Speak of his crazy antics often...

My kids adored him, 'cause he was silly...not afraid to have fun...always a smile on his face...












So...

This bright sunny flower...

Makes me think of Tom...

We miss you...

Love you...

Forever...♥️

 He was 7 years my junior, so I had a lot of babysitting chores!...Mom and Dad were very busy socially, and my older brother Bill and I were often left to take care of Tom and my younger sister...never a dull moment I'll tell 'ya!
He was an avid Fisherman, and we would rent a cottage with him in the summer...the kids had a ball with him...always into something...
My boyfriend tells hilarious stories of fishing trips with him...
He died one month before we got our cottage...but I had shown him pictures, and he couldn't be happier for us...
He also inherited my parents love of cooking...as we all did...and we would always spend the holidays together...Turkey was always delicious!
Nice 80's hairdo on me, eh???


 Rest in peace Tommy...

Oh how he would loved loved this wee one! And she would have had so much fun with him♥️


We will raise a glass of cheer to you this evening Tom....


Love 'ya...

He always used to phone me...and say "Hi Honey"...still brings tears to me eyes...


                                             Cheers!  :o)
                                             linda

47 comments:

  1. And I have tears for you just reading this. I'm sure it did and still does break your heart to think of the loss. I lost my mom 17 years ago this August. It still feels like yesterday. You have some fabulous photos of your brother...what a treasure they are now. I hope all your memories of Tom bring a smile to your face. Sending you a big hug, Linda. Deb

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  2. I have tears reading this to ! So young . I raise my glass to you and your family this day ! Here's to all the loved one's we all have lost and will always remember and cherish . xo

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  3. Omy Linda! He looks like a happy and amazing guy! Im sure I would love him:)
    And he would be crazy with miss V! Im happy you have amazing and lovely memories from him.
    A touched and lovely post:)
    xo

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    1. He would adore Miss V.....

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    2. Im absolutely sure! and she would love him too:)

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    3. BTW tell me who can resist love Miss V???

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    4. No one Gloria! She is irresistible♥️

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  4. The years fly by but.....the memories are alive and well! Wishing you a day filled with smiles from the memories Tommy left for you. He is looking down I'm sure and admiring that little Miss V. By the way, nice lid!! I think we all wore that style and thought we were simply lovely!!! You still are!!! Take care...

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    1. Hi Ann....thanks for your kind words...
      We had some cool do's eh?

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  5. wonderful story linda. so heartwarming to hear your sentiments about your brother. i certainly know the pain of losing one. flower is a fantastic rememberance of him. im sure he is smiling somewhere knowing how fulfilled you life is now - well, minus him. have a really nice time remembering the goods times and toasting to him tonight. cheers!!

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  6. What can I say, Linda? - other than so dreadfully sorry you lost him. Words are totally inadequate - the loss of your dear little brother, so sad, even after 17 years.. He looked so happy and the life and soul of the party. Only 39 - very tragic. He must have had a big, big heart and loved you lots and lots.. And yes he would have loved Miss V

    I am sure I would have got on very well with him - "silly and not afraid to have fun and always a smile on face".

    Loved the piccies of the sun flower.

    But Linda . . . .thank you thank you - you used a word on your post tonight I was searching for, "AVID". I was scratching my head to see what the crossword clue was and there it is.

    Cheers ~ Eddie :)

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    1. Oh! so and so!!
      Used the wrong email account which is not hooked up to me blog.
      That's better

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    2. I love crosswords...glad I could help..

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  7. such a beautiful tribute to a lovely man who left this earth too young, I'm so glad your sunflower bloomed to mark the day!

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    1. Cool eh? I saw it first thing this morning...

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  8. Aw..what a sweet post....lovely memories! hugs...

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  9. Your sunflower photos are so nice!
    I am sorry about your sweet brother. I lost mine young too. He was older than me but only 25 when he passed on. I still miss him too.

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    1. So sad when people die so young...

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  10. I was born on my brother's birthday,but he died before I knew him.
    I understand the 'empty chair'.
    Jane xxx

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    1. Oh that is odd....yes, the empty chair

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  11. I'm so sorry about your brother, Linda. This is a heartwarming tribute to him. I completely understand how you feel. My brother died in 2009, much too young. I miss him terribly, and not a day goes by that I don't think of him.

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    1. Oh Martha....so sorry about your brother....I know exactly how I feel♥️

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    2. Thank you, Linda. I made a typo. He died in 2011, not in 2009, so it's even more recent. But no matter what how much time has gone by, they are always missed. <3

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  12. I lost my comment, dear friend...let me know if you got it, please.

    Jane xx

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  13. I would think that the longer someone is away from us the easier it gets but the opposite is true. The longer they are gone the more the ache.

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  14. Your brother will be happy that you still love him and remember him.
    I started reading your blog only a few months ago.. your blog give me a positive energy and I start my office work after reading your blog (am working as an IT professional ) , but today for the first time, your blog bring tears in my eyes.

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  15. Thank you for commenting...I am glad my blog gives you a positive energy..

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  16. I'm not sure what to say - your post captured the love you have for your brother but also the zest of his life how he lived, how he loved - his energy how it was a part of him and how it affected the people in his life - enjoy the sunflower

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  17. So sorry for your loss Linda. They say time heals . Some time it takes a long time. Enjoy and cherish the times you had and he will live in your heart forever.

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    1. Yes..sometimes it takes a long time....

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  18. Your brother lives on in all you funny tales and happy memories of him. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Devon.....he was one of a kind...for sure!

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  19. Tom sounds as though he was a great brother, son and uncle. It is so sad that he died, but so great that you carry him along in your memories and by sharing him with us. I hope that you were not too too sad on this day, but remembered the good times and the fun that you had together. It certainly looks as though that turkey was under some intense scrutiny!! Take care of yourself my dear friend and have a big hug from me. xxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Aw Amy...thanks for your kind words....

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  20. Hi Linda, I enjoyed seeing the photos of your brother, Tom, and reading of your memories of him. He passed away too young. We never know what life will throw at us and should never forget to be thankful and to tell someone that we love them, and to spend time with them too. Blessings to you. Hugs, Pam

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    1. Great advice Pam....I know you are having a tough time right now♥️

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  21. Thinking of you, Linda. It's very tough. I lost my youngest brother in 2007 - he was 47 years old. Your post is a lovely tribute to him and the love you shared. And how fitting that the sunflowers are shining so brightly. ANd such a beautiful header too.

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    1. Oh thanks Suza...
      When are getting your blog up and running?

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  22. What a beautiful way to remember your brother. I can only imagine the empty space in your heart, but the beautiful memories you have with him make it so you always have him with you and I hope that helps ease the pain. I love the sun flower ands the light that it brought to your day :)

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