I was three years old in 1961. My family lived in Barnesville Maryland in a small farmhouse at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain.
My little brother, David Michael was born on August 22, 1961.
David Michael died in October of the same year. Just a little more than one month old.
I don’t remember my little brother, however, I often wonder, if he were alive today, what would he be doing.
Here is a good guess as to what David Michael would be doing today.
He is 52 years old today (August 2013). He is living in a nice house in the suburbs of Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
David Michael’s wife is Samantha. They have 3 children who are now between 24 and 29 years old. All of the children have moved out of their parent’s home and now live with their respective partners in the Philadelphia area. Samantha and David Michael often cajole their kids for grandkids.
Samantha is a successful real estate broker, who loves her business. David Michael has his own business management consulting business. He is very successful and enjoys his work.
David Michael loves spending time with his wife, children, and their partners. Regularly all of them gather at one of the family members homes. Each gathering is a party because they enjoy each other’s company, laughing, cooking, dining, telling stories, discussing current societal topics, watching movies and playing card games together.
David Michael is a community leader and active civic volunteer. He loves to help others and enjoys seeing good people succeed when they try harder than they thought they could and by accepting a compassionate tug up from someone with a caring heart.
David Michael and Samantha travel frequently and enjoy the vineyards of California, the lakes of Minnesota and Blue Ridge mountains.
David Michael and I don’t talk very often, we are both busy with our own respective families, communities, and businesses. When we do talk, we pick right up where we left off.
Often when I imagine what my little brother is doing now I can clearly see that he is in love with his wife and kids, happy in life and knows that he lives a blessed life.
I compensate for never knowing my little brother by imagining him as a happy, successful, imaginative, passionate, giving and loving person.
I am comforted for the death of my little brother by my imagination and my belief that God is caring for David Michael as his child in heaven.