Wednesday, February 22, 2012

855



My brother left me some money, in his estate. It was very challenging, holding that cheque in my hands. I never wanted his money and having it somehow seemed like closing another chapter. Mike never had any money, but was always generous with the little he had, with those closest to him. As a result he was always interested to know that all of us were okay. He was interested in how much things had cost, whether we were saving money, anything to do with affairs financially. The money he left would have been a lot for him and for that and so many other reasons it meant a lot to me.


I decided to buy something to remember him by, something that would go on and on. So, although it felt like an indulgence, yesterday I bought a ring. I still need to get his initials, MBM, engraved on the inside, but it's on my hand and in my mind and my heart, my brother gave this ring to me.


My daughters will wear the ring after me and in turn perhaps they will pass it on to their own families. I will always carry his memory and share it with any who are interested to listen, but now we have a family heirloom, and it came from Uncle Mike.

13 comments:

Julia said...
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Julia said...

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Such a wonderful way to remember and honour someone special. Tears here. Again...x

Sarah said...

ditto with Julia...

Just lovely.

CC said...

I love the idea of a family heirloom and the special memories to pass on with it.

two little buttons said...

what a lovely idea. may you always wear it and remember

bec said...

you always choke me up to the point of tears when you talk about your borther, finally I can see through them to say how beautiful that i=rinig is, and a beautiful thing to do with the gift her gave you. Ok, need tissues....

Christelle said...

you are so good at expressing your thoughts...

Sandy said...

what a special everlasting piece. very lovely, v. x

Lena said...

Such a beautiful ring to remember your brother - especially the idea of having his initial engraved.

Kiki said...

Gorgeous and I just know you are so grateful. What a lovely gesture from him and for you to buy something with such meaning. Just think, every single time you look at your hands - there he is. Fabulous.

Amanda Paino said...

ohhh thats really beautiful x

Emily said...

That's really, really lovely.

kristi said...

i think that is a lovely way to remember him. x