He walked gently upon the Earth.
He was kind and carried more empathy in his heart than anyone I have met.
He was shy and unassuming but he could swing dance and pray.
He did not fit into his skin and it haunted him every day because he lived in Redneck Country where bibles slammed and shamed.
He worked until he couldn’t but he still gave and learned humility through fear and acceptance.
He loved animals and they loved him.
He loved me and my brothers unconditionally.
He saw the wealth in the wisdom of Seniors and in the Lost and Broken-Hearted.
He loved my children and their spouses and he loved my grandchildren yet he was only able to meet my grandsons through FaceTime.
His voice was soft and yet his energy was full of musicals and Hollywood Greats.
He was nervous every second of every day of his life but he never lacked the strength to tell someone that he loved them.
He enjoyed a salvific and heart wrenching relationship with our mother who gave everything and more to keep him with us. A true love story.
He grew tired of the rejection, betrayal and abandonment of our world while our family held him, knew him and loved all of him.
He loved Jesus and the music of Steven Curtis Chapman.
He was here for 48 years.
He walked gently upon the earth wanting and needing what we all want and need…to be seen, to be known and to be cherished.
And now he is gone.
But just from our sight, not from our souls because that is impossible.
As Steven Curtis Chapman sings, “I’ll See You In a Little While” I live in anticipation of being with my whole and happy brother.
Until then, I’ve got this Teddy. I will take care of Mom and Big Guy. Promise Promise.
I love you my brother, a courageous soul with a cause who just happened to be a minnow kisser.
And P.S. If you did not have the opportunity or take the time to get to know Teddy, well…you missed Heaven on earth.
His big Sister