Well, he's not really smelly, but what sort of little sister would I be if I didn't call him that?
This is him and his daughter, LeAnn, on her wedding day in November of '07. She, by the way, just announced that she has little "keiki" in the oven. She and her hubby have just moved back to the mainland after several years on Oahu. Bummer.
My big brother is 9 years older than me. He and my sister, NJ, were mostly all grown up and moved away by the time I really paid any attention to them. I don't have a lot of memories of us all living in the house together. I do remember my mom telling him, that if he wanted to ride a motorcycle that he'd have to move out. He moved out. Surprise.
Like all folks that ride motorcycles, it's not if they get in an accident, it's when. I'm sure he was in a few scrapes over the years, but he had a pretty big one where he tore up his knee. Surgery and rehab followed. I gotta tell you, that folks that ride bikes, will always ride bikes. He rode again and "when" caught up with him. A woman turned left in front of him on his green light in early 2004. By the grace of God (and a helmet!), he survived, but one of his legs did not.
He amazed us all by being good natured about the entire thing. He was just glad to be alive. He had Pearl make him his first prosthetic leg---a chicken leg, because we had our first batch of chicks at the same time he was having a real prosthetic made.
His good nature remained when his employer found a loophole in which to fire him after he lost his leg. His job required him to work on his feet for 8-10 hours a day. Some people can be so thoughtful, huh?
His small (and I mean small!) insurance settlement allowed him to settle in and get used to his new life while he kept and eye out for a new job. He finally found work doing the same things he was doing at the previous job. Back on his feet (foot) for hours at a time.
It turns out that the leg from his first big accident was his right leg. He lost his left leg in the second accident. His right leg has taken a beating. First, surgery and rehab, and it has been his only support over the last 5 years, despite having a prosthetic leg. It finally gave up. Yesterday, he had his one remaining knee, replaced. It was a long time coming and he has a major rehab program ahead of him. He will be off work for 3 months. He made it through surgery, but I didn't expect anything else.
I am confident that this will just be a bump in the road for him. I wish I had his ability to always find the silver lining in things. He's had many ups and downs in his life, but always manages to smile. He has a great faith in God and those people that love him. He knows that it, whatever "it" might be, will work out.
Grace In Small Things, #7
(these are pretty big things, actually)
1. Big bro got his knee replaced.
2. He smiles in the face of adversity more than most.
3. He will be able to take 3 months off work, instead of two.
4. He has a great wife.
5. His baby is having a baby!