Thursday, February 6, 2020

Remembering Bill

This is a very unusual post for me. My blog is devoted to the creative life and is a place to share my art. But today I want to remember my brother Bill.

Bill was diagnosed with esophageal cancer last September. It was in the early stages and the hope was that after chemo and radiation treatments, he would have surgery and we would be looking at a cure. The surgery is one of the biggest, one can have. Unfortunately the surgery was too much for Bill's body.

Bill was a character, he was 16 years older than me, so my memories of him start when he was in college. Bill was a creative spirit like me. He was an artist, but his real love, passion, and creativity was with music and folk dancing. 

God works in mysterious ways. Last August, I planned a sibling weekend for Bill, my brother Cliff and I, at Cliff's beach house. It would be the first time that just the three of us would spent a length of time together.  The weekend was planned for September. Two weeks before the trip, Bill was diagnosed with his cancer. I am so grateful that we had that weekend to be together and share family memories and create new memories. Over the following months of treatment leading up to his surgery, Bill talked about the sibling weekend and we made plans for the next year. Even though Bill won't be there, Cliff and I will have our sibling weekend and we will knock back a couple of scotches in his honor and share memories of our big brother.

Love you Bill, I know you are dancing in heaven.

Sister Sue


Mynn xx said...

Sue, I am so sorry to hear of this great loss for you and your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending many hugs! Mynn xx

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Sue, so sorry that you lost Bill. I am glad that you and Cliff plan to continue with your yearly outing! So glad that you got to spend some time with him! I will keep you ad your family in my prayers!

patpw said...

Sue, this is a beautiful tribute to Bill. I am grateful that I got to meet him and know him through you. He was truly a character and an amazing person..

Dawn Phillips said...

God bless you and your family Sue. You and Bill are in my prayers. Love Dawn x