The message from my brother, T, last April wasn’t a tremendous surprise. He’d gotten married. What surprised me was that he’d not married the woman he’d been dating for a year, but had met someone new two weeks prior, and found himself completely smitten – head over heels in love, as he’d never loved anyone before. And they had just eloped.
One of the reasons i can never give up on my brother is that despite things going rather horribly wrong with his first three marriages, he still genuinely and truly believes in the magic and mystery of love. Most people would be a little bit crunchy and bitter after all he’s experienced, but not T. At 60 years old, he has found “the one”, and i’m happy for him.
Perhaps a bit skeptical, but hoping for the best, anyway.
Since they’d not had a proper wedding, T and his new bride, K, decided to throw a party this month to celebrate, and bring the families together. He is in the process of selling his home, and moving in with her, so the location will be near K’s home – conveniently located about halfway between where i live, and The Park.
Mom really wanted to go, so plans were made for my sister, S, to bring her to the event, which is being held this coming Saturday evening. Last week, i got a call from S.
S: I have already RSVP’d to a wedding that night, so I won’t be able to stay. Is there a chance you can bring Mom home afterward?
daisyfae: Sure. i had tentative plans for later in the evening, but can adjust.
S: I need to go to a wedding at 6, but can then stop by and pick Mom up to bring her to T’s party. Maybe stay an hour or so, but I really need to get to the reception for the wedding I said I was going to…
daisyfae: i’ll tweak my plans a bit, the party i was going to will likely run late, so i can drop in later.
This really wasn’t a big deal, just a little extra driving. It was the next bit that scrambled my circuits…
My oldest sister, S, and brother, T, are technically my half-sister, and half-brother, although none of us really think of it that way. Mom was married twice before she met Dad, and S and T had a different father. A man who abandoned them, and Mom, when they were small. There were some rotten things that happened along the way. Their father was later murdered, and neither of them has much memory of him.
S has been curious about her biological family, and has reached out to a few biological aunts and uncles to better understand his story. T, on the other hand, has had absolutely no interest in digging into the past, and has made it clear to S that it is not something he cares to discuss.
Last winter, through a genealogy website, my niece discovered that S and T had two half-brothers through their father. S was able to connect with the wife of one newly discovered half-brother, Dave, and was invited to attend his surprise 70th birthday party. You would think that meeting a half-sister you didn’t know existed might be a hell of a shock to a 70 year old heart, it apparently went well, and S has maintained this connection.
As i spoke with S last week regarding logistics for T’s wedding reception, i was stunned to find that she’d invited her half-brother, and his wife, to T’s party.
S: I appreciate that you can get Mom home Saturday! There’s even more complications though… Dave and his wife are coming down to meet T, too…
daisyfae: Ummmm…. Did you ask T? Do they realize that this is essentially T’s wedding reception and that he won’t have a lot of time to talk?
S: I was going to have it be a surprise, but Mom thought I should tell T first. They know he’ll be busy, but they really want to meet him. I need to call them tonight. T really doesn’t want to talk much about the past, either, and said he really wouldn’t be able to sit and chat with them. Dave had a lot of history he wanted to tell me, but when I told T I’d invited them, he said he really didn’t want to talk about the past at all…
daisyfae: It really is T’s wedding reception. Sure, fourth time’s the charm and all that, but it might not be the best time to meet a half-brother you didn’t know you had…
S: Well, they really want to come… I’ll have to tell them that I won’t be able to stay too long either. I might show them a picture of you, since you’ll be there with Mom. Not that I expect you to babysit them or anything…
daisyfae: Ummm…. maybe you could suggest there might be a better time for them to come down to meet him?
S: They’ve got their hearts set on it.