SOS Magic: Siblings Are Childhood Loves

Sibling: noun. each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.

Michael was a childhood love. He was bright blue eyes and an infectious laugh. He was a gentle hug and plenty of mischief.

Michael was a childhood love. He was a game of lava on our swing set, an old school Nintendo teammate in the living room, and a playful “You’re going down” at the start of a Mario Kart race.

Michael was a childhood love. He was my camping companion, a fish in the water, and a “Let me put that worm on the hook for you.”

Michael was a childhood love. He was a cruise in my ’93 Buick, a simultaneous eye roll at mom and dad, and a competitive game of Scrabble.

Michael was a childhood love. He was an annoying little brother yet a sincere apology when he did me wrong.

Michael was a childhood love. He was a piece of my heart and a reoccurring worry in my mind. His love was fierce and his life was hard.

On November 12th, I experienced the loss of my one and only sibling. I lost my brother – my childhood favorite. While I cannot recreate that same joy, I hold it in my heart, right next to my sorrow.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Published by Melissa Quimby

Melissa is a 4th grade teacher in Natick, Massachusetts. She can often be found with an iced coffee and middle grade novel in hand! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram - @QUIMBYnotRamona.

20 thoughts on “SOS Magic: Siblings Are Childhood Loves

  1. Such a heart-wrenching, lyrical tribute to your little brother – who clearly loved you, too. How vivid thr memories are here – this line crowning it all : “While I cannot recreate that same joy, I hold it in my heart, right next to my sorrow” – again testimony to the power of love, that these emotions can coexist side by side. Your refrain of “Michael was a childhood love” – deeply moving. I am so very sorry for your loss. Strength to you.

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  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. The love between you was so clear and beautiful. This line captures that particular grief so well: “While I cannot recreate that same joy, I hold it in my heart, right next to my sorrow.” Thank you for sharing your memories of him.

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  3. Yes, you had me crying…I’m so sorry. Last week I lost my best friend from college…suddenly. I’m grieving, in shock, writing, rewriting, rewriting. I love your reflection. I am so sorry. BTW Nov. 12 is my birthday…my mom went to heaven that day… so hard,so sad, but also happy. Thank you for your writing. XO

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your own story. I am sorry to hear you are navigating your own grief. I hope you will find comfort in your memories and loved ones offering support.

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  4. Melissa,
    You are brave to write so soon after the loss. The writing is beautiful and I hope you keep putting words on the page about Michael. I’m thinking about the fragility and strength that happens when a heart can hold both deep love and raw sorrow.
    hugs,
    ruth

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