As my baby brother sits in the hospital with his love, supporting her through this monumental time in their life I wonder what thoughts race through his head?
Labour is the most agonizing, exciting and beautiful thing that a couple will endure together- All wrapped up into a not so neat package. I cannot stop thinking of these two very important people, one of whom I’ve always known and the other I have come to love as the sister I never had.
I couldn’t be happier for them. I have no doubt in my mind that they will be the best of parents to this wondrous new addition.
But what engrosses my mind most today is how much my brother has matured in these last nine months. I look at him from one year ago, and see the man he has evolved into and pride swells within me.
Although Dustin and I have always been close, I could not feel any closer with him at this moment…Any happier for the amazing experience he will soon endure with his beautiful partner, Ashley. And the notion that he will soon look into his son’s eyes, brings on gushing tears each time I think of it.
I wrote this poem several years ago for my poetry book, A Fervour of Truth. It is how I have always seen my brother Dustin, but now it somehow means so much more. Today I would like to share this poem with you…
A comrade whose alliance has
Served me through my years.
The one in which knows my life
Of laughter and of tears.
A comrade whose young memories
Are much the same as mine.
And always stood beside me
Throughout the tests of time.
This comrade could find faults
Of mine, and tell me in a whim,
Sore feelings would be shared at times
After that, accepting them.
A comrade who works hard
Deserving all he takes,
This comrade finds his way in life
Despite the trialed stakes.
Comrade I have learnt from you,
As I hope that you can see
Thank you to our parents
Who brought you here to me.
The anticipation of what is to come continues to distract me from my day to day duties, because I know that soon I will be given the allowance to see the same things I deeply love about Dustin, in his son…And that is by far the best Christmas present I will receive this year.