For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. – Khalil Gibran
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. – Norman Cousins
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. – Marcus Aurelius
As teenagers, my brother and I spent a lot of time playing in the woods. We went hiking, fishing, and swimming in the creek.
We also built a makeshift fort and took some of my mom’s old lawn furniture down there. Mom never did figure out what happened to her chairs.
We spray-painted graffiti under the bridge. We wrote our names, the names of our dogs, and noted each year we were there.
Basically, the two of us ran wild through those woods and we were having a blast.
That was 26 years ago. Aaron passed away three years ago and his birthday is on Monday. I decided to take his daughter (Gwen) out there. She heard various stories over the years, but never got a chance to see the area. It seemed like a good way to honor Aaron’s memory.
I was surprised to see a lot of our graffiti is still there. Each step I took, felt like I was going back in time. Even though the terrain has changed some over the years, I could still recognize different sections and areas. I still remembered my way around those woods.
Memories of those days flooded my mind. It was a surreal feeling. I could almost see us and our dogs running wild. I was excited to see it all again. However, I felt the grief of my brother’s death.
I was hiking down memory lane and my heart was overflowing with mixed emotions.
My brother died three years ago today. I keep thinking about the last time I saw him alive. We spent the day eating pizza and playing air hockey.
Three years ago, I lost my brother, Gwen lost her father, and Mom lost her son. Our family was shaken to the core and the struggle to overcome this loss still continues.
Aaron Thaler – We miss you more than words can say.
To live a life worth living
To sit and ponder
To let your mind wander
and to scheme
To have a blast
To laugh at last
To feel creative
and be imaginative
To know a lover
To love another
To feel loss or grief
and overcome for relief
Is to live a life worth living