He tried to act surprised that I remembered the date--- and honestly, I doubt that he remembered.
But I counted down the days until November 16, 2006 like a mad woman. I told him, this morning, that this day, 5 years ago, was one of the best days of my life. It really was. I missed by big brother more than I can say. It was one of those painful things that you are obligated to be happy about-- he was doing the right thing, but I just wanted him to come home!
I remember one night while he was one his mission-- about 3 months before he came home-- he called. It was midnight. I answered the phone and FREAKED OUT. He was calling because he had really bad asthma. And he was scared because he couldn't breathe. So he called to talk to my mom. She told him what to do.
I missed my brother so much that night.
And frankly, I missed him a lot all the time. I wrote him more than anyone else did. And that is the truth. Every week. Sometimes twice. Or three times. I just always had so much to say. Unfortunately, (yes, I've already shed tears about this) I used my dixiehigh.org email account to email him so that I could do it at school (during graphics class). And then when I graduated.... my account disappeared. And so did the emails. Oh that just makes me so mad. SO MAD. But I do still have quite a few of them from my hotmail account. I'm just going to paste a small sample below. These emails were a constant confirmation that Andrew was the still crazy, random banana brain that is my brother. But I could see a change for the better, too. You'll see what I mean. :)
May 23, 2005
"im so proud of you for throwin water on innocent bystanders. i hope you ran away really fast. did you know my friends and i used to pull up to red lights and throw water balloons in peoples cars? but that was the apostate andrew. now i'm saint andrew. the hurricanes are coming next month. oodillaly how exciting."
And that would be the whole email. The WHOLE thing. But I loved it. It's SO Andrew.
April 17, 2006
"...thats why knowing of something greater and more constant is so important. thats why missions are awesome. i would love to write you a quote about that so you could use it in your graduation speech but it would be too religious and not politically correct. how are you coming with ideas about that anyway. im so excited for you. dont let yourself get nervous. get up their knowing that you as an individual are so much greater than the situation you are in. and for the rest of your life you will be able to look back and smile on the memory know matter what is said. give a speech of hope on a topic that your whole class can relate to. unity, hope, and memories are the keys. if you can relay a message that brings a feeling of unity into the gymnasium then youve done an excellent thing. gotta run"
This is why I love my brother. Anyway, for some reason, I just wanted to share. I try to tell people how great Andrew is, but nobody really gets it, because they are not his sister. Every girl needs a big brother to take care of her, and I'm just so glad that God gave me Andrew. And I'm just so glad, that exactly 5 years ago, he came home to his family, safe and sound, having served the Lord so well.