Biggest Welcome Surprise

Posted: 8:50pm 12/27/2013.

The doorbell rang while we were having dinner tonight. My spouse grumbled, “who could that be? Tell them we’re eating dinner and to go away.”

Forgive him, he remains grouchy because he is not feeling well.

When I looked out the window at the door, I jumped and screamed, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

The man at the door was my one and only twin, my bestest friend in the whole wide world (along with my spouse.) Wow!

J: you said not to come, but you sounded like you could use some help. Can I come in?

Me: duh, of course. Come in come in!

After huge bear hugs, I brought J to the kitchen, introduced him to my mother-in-law, and gave him a plate filled with lasagna. Thank goodness, I made more than enough.

J knew that with my spouse being ill and that I had to drive my mother-in-law back home, that I would need someone to stay with my spouse who my spouse likes and does not mind having around.

Mind you, my spouse has accepted having my senior pals fill in for a few hours each last week when I drove to Pittsburgh to pick up my mother-in-law, but he made it clear that he didn’t want to have “those old ladies” go to all that trouble again.

The thing is, my spouse’s condition is not any better and I would be very worried leaving him alone. Especially when he has those spells of aphasia (not being in the present.) Someone has to make sure he eats, keeps hydrated, and has help to move if needed.

No one is better suited for this short-term duty than my very own, tall, strong, twin brother. My spouse adores him and it makes me feel so relieved to know that my spouse will be in good hands while I drive my mother-in-law back to her home.

This is the best Christmas present ever — my wonderful brother traveling all the way from Italy to help me out. I am so blessed with such a great brother. The best brother a guy could ever have.

I leave tomorrow morning, stay overnight, and return on Saturday. Then I will get to visit and enjoy my brother for about a week, until I have to return to work.

I have always said, “show those you love how you love them.” My brother is living that example.

What a great thing to do for lil’ ol’ me. Thanks, bro.

Life is short: accept the love!