He Ain’t Heavy

My one and only sibling is 50 today.

I’ve just rung him, and he’s fine about it, and thankfully this time so am I. When I hit 40 it didn’t bother me at all, but I was horrified when he got to 40 18 months later. I felt that if my baby brother was 40 then I must be really ancient. Now I suppose I already know that I’m really ancient, so how much older can I feel.

The Tinbro doesn’t feature too often in these annals, because we don’t see each other all that often. It’s not that we don’t get on, because we do, but his job takes him all over the country, and at the weekends he plays golf, with a lack of ability which takes him all over the countryside.

He’s a terrific bloke, so much better than me in every way. And yet because I’m the eldest he has always looked up to me, and I am both proud and humbled by this.

He has his own business which, thanks to the gobshites who ruined this country, is struggling at the moment, and he’s had to let some of his staff go. This hurt him deeply, as one of the most amazing things about him has always been the way he could manage staff and still have them as friends. Two of his three kids work with him, and I fear for all of them sometimes unless things improve.

But today’s not the day for all that. Today’s just the day to say Happy Birthday. As I said, I’ve only the one sibling, and I’ve been extremely lucky in the one that I got.

3 thoughts on “He Ain’t Heavy

  1. Holemaster

    That’s a great post Tinman. I have one older brother who turned 40 last year. We had a huge BBQ in my back garden for him. He has beaten serious addiction, went back to college and got a degree and has now just got a new apartment. I am eternally proud of what he achieved.

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  2. Tinman18

    I read a post that you wrote about him a while ago, HM, and it was obvious how fond of him you are.

    And you’re right, LK, they are grand. Though I went out with him for a drink last night and, since the whole pub kept buying him drink, the two of us ended up getting hammered.

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