This picture of my brother J.R. was taken a few years ago before he was diagnosed with dementia. My husband, J.R., and I were on vacation in the Pacific Northwest U.S. We were camping in J.R.’s motorhome in Hells Canyon on the Snake River which borders Oregon and Idaho. Two weeks of fun and relaxation. He called this his, “Indiana Jones” hat.
My brother J.R. is, “Gone From My Sight,” now. Dementia took him away from me in November 2015. I will never forget J.R., he was my closest, dearest, sibling
J.R. had a twinkle of mischief in his eyes most of the time. An over abundance of humor. He loved to pester me, which I returned in full. He had a hugh smile on his face when he was happy or excited. He loved people and he greeted everyone with a hearty hello.
J.R. was a wonderful Church of Christ preacher for several decades. He was a very good locksmith. It upset me when I had to put him in the nursing home after 2 1/2 years as his caregiver. He gave the staff at the nursing home fits, taking their keys and disesembling doorknobs (without tools!?!).
No, J.R. was not perfect, but then who is perfect. He got depressed or down when tragic things happened in his life. Several major tragedies happend in his life, that left deep scars of pain and sorrow on his heart and soul. What others did to him left imprints on my heart and mind.
I was raised with 3 siblings, but I really only had J.R. and he only had me. Funny how some of your siblings drift away and cease to be a part of your life. I loved my brother J.R. so much and I knew that love was returned. I’ll think of him, get misty eyed from grief and loss. I will hold his memory in my heart forever.
This new year – 2016 – will be lonely without you J.R. So, I blow a kiss into the sky, to say a temporary goodbye. God willing, I hope to see you again one day in Heaven.
God bless all of you who lost loved ones in 2015.