It’s been six-years since my little brother passed away. And I miss him. I miss his smile, I miss his laugh and I miss his friendship.
A year-ago, when five-years had passed, I blogged about Devin too. And even though a whole year has gone by, even though my life has changed, and things around me have changed, not a lot has changed when it comes to missing Dev.
It seems like it was just yesterday and then it seems like it was a million years ago. And then it still doesn’t feel real at all.
My Mom posted a song recently on Facebook, “Who You’d Be Today,” by Kenny Chesney. And that just broke my heart. Who would Devin be today? I can make a lot of guesses, but I don’t know. I don’t know what roads he would have went down, who’s paths he would have crossed or what doors he would have opened.
I do know he would have been loved and he would have loved. I do know that he would have lived life to the fullest (because that’s what he did) and I do know he would have done crazy adventurous things.
I also know that he would have had to feel the pain of Nami (our grandmother) passing. He would have had to navigate the difficulties of life’s ups and downs and he would have had to endure all the trouble this life throws at us.
For missing those things, I say he’s the lucky one. As an older sister I often thought Dev was “getting away” with something. He was “getting away” with an extra cookie or an extra turn on the Nintendo. And in his passing early, I sometimes think, he got away with something, he got away from some of the hurts of this life.
But for his missing out on all this life has to offer, I say it’s not fair. Missing out on his son growing up, on God’s gifts of love and relationship with people and of all the opportunities and adventures he would have found himself on.
And for the missing his loved ones are doing now, I say it’s not fair. The pain, the sadness and the missing feel like too much sometimes.
So Today, while remembering Dev, while reminiscing about his mischievous ways, his loving nature and his adventurous spirit, I will also remember to live life to the fullest and love like I’ve got nothing to lose. Because that’s how he lived. And I’m thankful I had him for the time I did.
And today, as I did last year, I ask you to pray for our parents. Because I know Mom and Dad miss him so much. I know they hurt and I know they are sad and I know I can’t fix it. But I do know that God can ease the pain, bring a little bit of comfort and offer love in a very special way.