Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Am Still Older Than You.... Not So Much A Good Thing Anymore

My brother.... knows my heart. Posted by Picasa

"To the outside world we all grow old.
But not to brothers and sisters.
We know each other as we always were.
We know each other's hearts.
We share private family jokes.
We remember family feuds and secrets,
family griefs and joys.
We live outside the touch of time."
~ Clara Ortega

I am older than this fellow. I will ALWAYS be older than he is. While this was a major sticking point as children and the source of much jealousy and ire on both parts... he always thinking I was mean and I thinking he had Mom and Dad wrapped around his little finger.... it doesn't matter much anymore. In fact, I would be more than willing to switch ages with him now. He really did have Mom and Dad snowed about many of the things he did as a child... quite devious... too bad I inherited the "see through" face that could never devise anything that ever came close to a lie without it being written all over my face for all to see.

Anyway, Stephen works hard at his craft... all over the world. This may seem like a glamorous life, but it is often filled with difficult travel conditions, lonely apartments and much time away from his home here. He is a reluctant gypsy; but with such a vocal gift from God, how could we keep him all to ourselves. Today he is performing, probably in the middle of "The Flying Dutchman" as we speak. Singing on his birthday... just as he sang the day he was born all those years ago... just with words and a greater grasp of tune.

Happy Birthday Stephen! I love you!!!!!

PS: His website has been overhauled.... Stephen Gould.

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kenju said...

Happy Birthday, Stephen!! You are one day after my husband (and many years, unfortunately).

Now I will go and check out his web-site.

Bob-kat said...

Happy birthday to your little brother (which of course he will always be, no matter how big or old he gets!) :)

I must see if he is due to perform in the UK sometime. I often go to see The Welsh National Opera.

Lori said...

A bit late here, but Happy Birthday to your brother, Stephen!  How fortunate you are to have each other.