Friendship Friday ~ Alex

I am blessed with the gift of built-in best friends. Many moons ago, my fourth little friend was brought home from the hospital. That gave me two younger sisters and two younger brothers by the time I was eight years old.

When Alex began to talk, he called me teacher. That is the family folk-lore. I am not surprised, because I played school with all of my siblings and stuffed animals. I probably roped him in as a nursery student before he could talk. By the time he was four or five, I had him well-trained, as seen in these photos from a school picture day photo shoot I did with my class one summer.

I did individual photos, hands properly crossed over a book, most likely a Bible for that extra spiritual touch.

I took a class picture, as well.

Clearly I was inspired by the real school picture of this little preschooler.

Fast forward a few decades and lots of stories to this summer when Alex brought his entire family from Bolivia to the States. We were on the same continent for three months, though not all of that  time was spent in the same location.

It was so fun to catch up and connect. It felt like always. Just really good. Like this good.

There is so much love on our faces. So much contentment in this captured moment. Shalom.

Alex was ten when I left for college. One of my favorite letters from that season reads

Dear Julie, I love you. I miss you. We are still brother and sister. Love, Alex

We are still brother and sister.

This summer we took a trip with our mom and teenage girls to visit family in Ohio and Michigan. It was such a sweet time of laughter and conversation. And after this goodbye picture was snapped, I climbed into my car and sobbed down the driveway as I drove from Ohio back home to Virginia.

Happy Birthday, Alex! I love and miss you so much! I am thankful for your life. I am thankful that we are brother and sister.

6 thoughts on “Friendship Friday ~ Alex

  1. Therea Howard

    Thanks for sharing the beauty of your closeness with your brother.
    I hope you make time to care for yourself the way you have cared
    all your life for siblings and children. Let Julie go “off duty” sometimes
    and be responsible to play.

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    1. Julie Post author

      Thank you for the permission, Friend! I always need this reminder and freedom. Your eyes and words are a gift in my life. I will make time for play this weekend!

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  2. Juliane

    Well this was a fantastic surprise. Love it! I got lots of dear Julie letters in my lifetime as well, he had lots of practice. Love you thank you for this wonderful gift!!!

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Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.