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..
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’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.
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.
Always smiling, always happy, and always with his music close by.
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.
Me with Tommy. This was my “porn mustache” period.
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.