Today I received a huge blessing in the mail, letters from my brother Darren, yes the one that is in heaven....
Back up a few weeks ago (december 11th to be exact)
I was contacted by an old friend who wrote me the most encouraging note about my brother Darren, the most encouraging note I have ever read. In the note she told me about how her and Darren had been pen pals while he was sick and dying. She was in Southern California (where we use to live, Rosamond) and he was in Northern. They had never met, but knew mutual friends. They exchanged numerious letters throughout his illness and shortly before he died she came up to Paradise to meet him.
Here is some of what she wrote
"we became pen pal's and i LOVED it so much. i do believe i only received one (out of about 15) that was hand-written by darren before he had to have someone do the writing for him. we became great friends. i treasured the moments i went to check the mail and had a reply from Darren. i use to write about anything---my day; my dreams; scriptures i was reading at the time---anything that i felt would make him smile. i would often imagine him lying in his bed in your home at the time, reading, or hearing someone else read it to him, my silly, fun letters. he impacted my life greatly and i always hoped that in some small way, i touched his too. i sent him flowers on valentine's day to brighten his day. not long after that, your mum wrote to me and i asked if i could come and visit darren, to meet him in person, as she said she fellt he didn't have long left. i immediately requested time of work....
the letters from Darren i treasure to this day and occasionally get out my bundle of letters and sit down for a read and a big cry. but meeting your brother that weekend is one of those stand out moments from my life that changed me, and impacted me forever more."
I asked her if there was anyway I could see the letters, she lives pretty far away now, but thought maybe she could send me copies. What a treasure it would be to read my brothers notes, his thoughts as a 20 year old, dying, but full of life. What a treasure to just remember him through his words. She responded by not just sending me copies, but the actual letters!!!! I got them today and my heart is full and blessed!
I have only read 2 of the letters, and many tears and much laughter was shed. I can't wait to share some of what he said. I want those of you who read my blog to have a better understanding of how much my brother impacted my life, how he truly changed me and so many others around him.