My morning routine is to wake up, make the coffee, usually do the dishes from the night before (if I didn’t already do prior), feed the animals and THEN sit for a while and try to go through my emails and hopefully enjoy my coffee and write…
I’m not exactly a morning person, it DOES require coffee.
And this morning I started to reminisce about my brother (whose birthday would have been tomorrow) and I’m reminded of my southern roots. Billy was MY favorite ‘cowboy’ – tall, dark and handsome with this amazing quiet personality that others also admired. He was one of the few men that I can truly say I trusted so it always saddens me that I had very little time with him (from the time our parents divorced/separations/visits to Mississippi) until we heard the tragic news of his death.
But I don’t want to dwell on that! I fondly love remembering the time I had with him and I’m proud to think of myself as his little southern sister, the tomboy who wanted his undivided attention and who wanted to always hold his hand. I even recall his marriage to Marilyn and their cute little white house and seeing how much in love he was with her and her two children. He became an amazing father, to those two, as well as his own daughter (whom I luckily now have in my life) – he would be very proud of her even now.
Growing up in Texas and Mississippi, I always consider myself a spanish redneck. LOL It has the two connotations of who I am. There’s the little spanish fighter in me and then there’s the southern girl (tomboy at times) who likes the Simple things in life and who fondly thinks of Billy when I want to create Simple, Romantic Living. I have to give credit to Ronnie, my other older brother who is the one though that ‘literally’ taught me how to color (in the lines) so that image of using the whole box of crayons makes me think of him too. He is the opposite of Billy (other than the dark, handsome and quiet) because he is the devious one that always makes me realize where THAT character in me comes from. 🙂 I don’t give lots of credit to our parents for my personality, because I was closer to my siblings (at the time) and we had an undying bond with one another (even after being separated) that definitely influenced my life. Ronnie is also the reason that I am a speed demon (hard to not be when your around mechanics and you get to be a part of the fun that ensued with fast engines). But I do like to think that my softer side is still Billy and my nurturing side would be from Jimmy (the youngest brother). Jimmy is that character that always wants for people to like him (too) and has the best smile in our family along with a great giving nature.
So, this southern sister would like to thank all her brothers and also her two sisters. My influences from the two women though aren’t the same, but every time I open up my Southern Living magazine I instantly think of us.
Just wanted to share this with you all ~