Thursday, February 25, 2010

a good cloudy day

Today marks 23 years since my little brother passed away. It's crazy to think it's been that long. Sometimes the memories feel so fresh and that everything just happened the other day. But mostly it feels like another lifetime.
This picture was taken when Anthony was really sick and he passed away a few months later. My parents have a better picture from this sitting when the photographer was able to get Anthony to smile. He had a great smile with cute little dimples.
After he died we'd pick a cloud that was his. We'd usually look for those big billowy clouds where the sun was breaking through and decided that's where Anthony lived. As I was driving home from work today it was stormy and grey in the canyon, but as I approached the mouth of the canyon the sun was breaking through. There were big, billowy clouds everywhere. It reminded me of my sweet Tony.

(I'm the one in the purple plaid, if the big eyes didn't give it away. Also, I think my parents must have found the fountain of youth, because I swear, they still look the same.)


BBC said...

wow... 23 years! tony is so loved! i'm sure he feels your love from here. :) also, i agree... your parents do still look exactly the same!

Tamsyn said...

I love you Mandy!! I think is it great that you were able to have that experience today!! Your family is great!! I am sure that Tony is cheering all of you on!! :)

Britt said...

Thanks for the sweet post. I'll post pictures tomorrow-- we missed you on Thursday. Glad to hear you're coming to visit!

Diane... said...

so you are doing the sugarless thing with Shari...that's where I found're a brave soul!! Your folks must have found "that fountain" because they still look so young...lucky you have those genes! Loved your tribute to your little brother!!!

Kelli Brown said...

I'm all teary now, Cakes! Thanks for the sweet post on Anthony. We are looking forward to having everyone here for the Hatch reunion coming up. I think Britt & crew are staying with us.