Tuesday, December 9, 2014
My oldest brother passed away a week ago Sunday. He battled cancer for over a year, but in the end cancer won. But you know, it really didn't. The Lord was with him through all the struggles and then he took him home. And home is where Larry wanted to be, if he couldn't be healthy and do the things he loved.
I always knew Larry was an extremely intelligent person and he and I always got along very well. I don't really remember ever being angry with him. Although, I'm sure when we were kids we had our tiffs. I respected and trusted him. Before I got married, we had taken several trips together to Florida and we used to go to the movies together a lot. For a lot of years, we both worked 2nd shift, so we'd meet for lunch quite often. I'm so glad for that time together.
I learned a lot from Larry too. He taught me to play chess (and I never did win a game with him). He took me on my first and only motorcycle ride. He would also tease me and give me hard time if I refused to try something new. He could always talk me into it because I never wanted him to think I was chicken. haha Because of him I now like alligator tail, calamari and I'm sure many other things. He also introduced me to my first James Bond movie. Good thing too, because James Bond movies are a favorite of my husband. So you see big brother taught little sister a lot.
Larry traveled all over the world and had many friends. I never really knew how many until he became sick and they started showing up to help or just spend time with him. Larry's memorial service was on Saturday and I can't believe how many people came and they had a time of open mic when people had the chance to tell something about Larry. There were probably 15-20 people who spoke and almost everyone of them had something to say about how Larry had helped them in some way. Maybe by laying a floor for them or giving them something he'd heard they needed or even helping them build a home by a lake in Tennessee. It amazed me and makes me want to be more like him.
So Larry, you taught me a lot in this life and I'm going to miss you. But I know I'll see you again in time and you can teach me about heaven then. I love you brother.