My Brother Tommy On His 43rd Birthday..Stop Growing Up So Fast


I have been hearing about August 11th 2013 from my younger brother Tommy since August 12th 2012.

That was the day after his 42nd birthday. Yep, Tommy loves his birthdays not only because he is the center of attention (not that he isn’t the other 364 days of the year) but because the attention comes from so many people who know and love him..

I wrote a bit about him on his 41st birthday and you can find that blog post here…

BIRTHDAY WISHES 2011

Plus, take three minutes and give a listen to Tommy at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. As you will find out, the music of Barry Manilow has meant so much to him as he has grown and dealt with all his life issues. We went to Williamsburg in 1991 and he wanted to do the Karaoke Studio that was there. He picked this Barry Manilow song, sang it totally from memory and frankly, knocked it the hell out of the park. This is personally so amazing and beautiful to me…

Tommy Hickman singing I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN by Barry Manilow

And if you are so inclined, you can wish him a Happy Birthday on his Facebook page here…

TOMMY’S FACEBOOK PAGE

He will be paying more attention to his Facebook page since we bought him his own Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Tablet. He won’t have to wait for a computer any longer and he definitely won’t wait.

Tommy means so much to me. He is both my brother and my joy. He is the reason that I laugh, cry, get mad, get glad, worry, smile, celebrate, dance, laugh, and love. He has been through so much in his life, so many medical issues that have affected his development and almost took him away from us. So much challenge and yet all he gives back is love.

Instead of gushing on, I’m just going to post some of my favorite pictures of him. Indulge me as I shed a happy tear watching my forever brother grow up.

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Tommy at about 1 year old, I am about 15 and my sister Julie (who still wears that coat) is about 7. You have to love my fine hair and my fine loud shirt.


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Always smiling, always happy, and always with his music close by.

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Notice that his love of Barry Manilow is already in evidence here. Barry recordings were used in his speech therapy to help him learn and build his confidence to talk. The rhythms and wordplay caught his attention and became a major part of his development growing up. It still is today. That is his nephew, Rick, with him.

The Phillies Phanatic doll on the shelf is the first year of issue. Would be a collectors item if we still had it.

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Me with Tommy. This was my “porn mustache” period.

Tommy's favorite bike on 34th Street in Longport NJ. He loved Longport.

Tommy’s favorite bike on 34th Street in Longport NJ. He loved Longport.

Styling for his prom

Styling for his prom

Look at that Barry Manilow inspired formal wear.

Look at that Barry Manilow inspired formal wear.

Tommy with my Mom And Dad.

Tommy with my Mom And Dad.

Tommy music was never far from him. This was an 8 Track Boom Box that he loved.

Tommy music was never far from him. This was an 8 Track Boom Box that he loved.

Tommy with my late brother JP and my Mother in Ft. Lauderdale Fla. Tommy loved to stay at JP's apartment.

Tommy with my late brother JP and my Mother in Ft. Lauderdale Fla. Tommy loved to stay at JP’s apartment.

The loves of Tommy's life, Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford on the set of "Hope and Faith on his birthday in 2005"

The loves of Tommy’s life, Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford on the set of “Hope and Faith on his birthday in 2005”

And on the set of "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY"

And on the set of “LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY”

Tommy also loved Gene Hart, the Voice of the Flyers. They became really good friends,

Tommy also loved Gene Hart, the Voice of the Flyers. They became really good friends,

He also became good friends with Gene's daughter, the amazing Lauren Hart.

He also became good friends with Gene’s daughter, the amazing Lauren Hart.

Tommy went to Settlement Music School and learned to play the drums really loudly.

Tommy went to Settlement Music School and learned to play the drums really loudly.

Tommy with Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas in the Phillies broadcast booth at vet Stadium.

Tommy with Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas in the Phillies broadcast booth at vet Stadium.

Tommy with Phillies catcher Erik Kratz in 2012 at Carl's cards

Tommy with Phillies catcher Erik Kratz in 2012 at Carl’s cards

Tommy and my Dad, both wearing their favorite branded items.

Tommy and my Dad, both wearing their favorite branded items.

Tommy's Momma Doxy, Angel

Tommy’s Momma Doxy, Angel

Tommy and his "girlfriend"

Tommy and his “girlfriend”

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And from the last year or so, a few more. As I said at the beginning, he is growing up, and he is helping us all grow up. Never has their been a more loving spirit, a more accepting attitude, a more determined mind, and a more wonderful blessing for us that Tommy. I learn from him every day.

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4 comments on “My Brother Tommy On His 43rd Birthday..Stop Growing Up So Fast

  1. UR mom & dad were savvy shoppers—they knew Julie would grow into that green coat 😀 GR8 Tommy pics my favs are the white dinner jacket for prom, the Bert shirt, and the one UR currently using as UR twitter avatar ❤ Have a Happy 43rd Tommy

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