Happy Birthday Chris

Howdy Peeps!!

Today, I would like to wish my brother Chris, a Happy Birthday!! He would have been 48 today!

He was born December 6, 1963 (9:57am) and crossed over on August 9, 1968. There are many things I don't remember about Chris, even after looking through pictures. But, what I do know is he is with me, each and every day.

I've been wanting to do a Happy Birthday blog for Chris for about a month now, but it wasn't until this morning I thought – Sue, go through pictures to see if you can find one of Chris on his tricycle. He LOVED his tricycle!!!

So, I started going through the albums and thought – do you know what time he was born? Hmm, well, I came across the picture from the hospital about 2 minutes later (it was about 9:53am this morning). Well, guess what time he was born? Close – I know you're all thinking 9:53 🙂 – it was 9:57am 🙂 but I think he was behind me finding it just when I did.

Here's his baby picture – this is the hospital picture – I don't think they even do those anymore… His hair sure is dark there and he was the blondest out of all of the kids!! 

I have always felt that if Chris would have lived, he would have been a Dentist – not sure why. But he was very young when he got sick. He had cancer (leukemia). I do remember him going into the clinic to get a radiation treatment. He was small in that very bright room on that huge metal table with that big machine over him, at least that's what I remember.

He died at home. Mom and Dad were both there and Father Karls. There may have been other people there, I don't remember.  My brothers and I had gone out to my cousins, so they must have known that his time was getting close.

Chris loved riding his tricycle. He would spend hours riding it in our small, single car driveway. A few years ago I came across this article that Grandma Broome had written (Grandma was the Welcome Wagon Lady in town for years!). I didn't remember ever seeing it before, but Chris sure touched Grandma's heart.

As you read through Grandma's article, it appears Chris knew time was getting close as well…

A few months ago I was doing a meditation. I can't remember how it started, but it went to the day that Chris died. Now, I know I was at my cousins. But in this meditation I was there, in the room where he was. I was with my Mom and Dad and Father Karls. I was standing off to the side, more as an observer. But I also was there as he passed. Something I realized that day that I never had before, is how angry I was. I was angry that Chris left and I was angry that he got so much attention from Mom and Dad because of how sick he was.

And I was able to release that anger with the help of the Angels! Thank you Angels!! And I feel much closer to Chris since then.

I know Chris being here for only 4 1/2 years was a gift (as my chimes in the living room chime with confirmation!!!). He was here to teach us all something, whether it was being a playmate to an older brother or sister, or being a joy to his Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins, he was a gift – and still is!

I talk to Chris more often now than ever and I feel closer to him, now more than ever before.

Happy Birthday Chris! I love you!

Angel Blessings to you!

Sue
Empowerment 4 You LLC

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3 Responses to Happy Birthday Chris
  1. DARNELL MOORE
    December 10, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Such a great story – very heartfelt and sincere. Many of us don’t take the time to reflect as you have on this piece about your brother. When we do reflect, we keep it inside and fail to share such meaningful thoughts with, others as we fail to see how impactful these type stories can be. I now know that every time you think of your little brother, a smile comes to your face (which is truly a reflection of your heart. Stay Blessed…

    • Susanne Broome
      December 10, 2011 | 4:39 pm

      Thank you for sharing Darnell. And you are absolutely correct. When I think of Chris, I do smile!!

  2. Linda
    December 14, 2011 | 11:48 am

    Sue, this is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your honest feelings and memories. The image of your brother on his tricycle will stay with me, and although I didn’t know him, he has touched my heart, through you.

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