My brother is a family guy, married to a SAHM, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 1 cat... who serves in the US Military on the other side of the world. I talked to him today on SKYPE and it made me SO THANKFUL for technology. I could see him, hear his laugh, look at his crooked grin that looks like the male version of my crooked grin... He runs his hands through his cropped hair the way I tuck mine behind my ears and untuck it from behind my ears... it was great.
Growing up my brother was my best friend. From the time we were about 13 & 16 until he left home at 19 we were inseparable. We talked every day, and when he was at boot camp I sent him letters. When he was deployed I was late for school (and got detention) because I drove him to the base and waited until the boat pulled away. Those of you who 'know' me know that I'm never late. So it was a big deal. But he was in subs, and you never knew if they might change their mind and not "sail" that day... so I waited.
Today we talked for about 20 minutes. It was the first time we'd talked in a long time. The last time our connection was screwy and we couldn't connect. We "texted" on 4th of July. Seriously. We texted. And while that sounds lame, I was thankful for the interaction because it meant he was OK that day.
Today it was late for him, he'd been up for 20 hours or so, so he was tired, and he kept yawning. It was a video chat, so I kept yawning back. We were yawning together.
He's taken up running. He's bored over there, so despite never running more than a 5K before, he's training. And now we're racing each other. He just raced a 15K that measured 9.6 miles. Well, it's a military base, I guess they're not "measuring accurately" for the races. This weekend I'm running a 10miler. It's going to have to be "close enough".
And it's not really fair, he kicks my butt EVERY RACE. I mean, seriously, he trains at a 8:30 pace! He showed me his sprint technique from his desk. And we laughed at how ridiculous he looked exaggerating so much for my sake over here.
But it's OK, because it's something we do that gives us something to talk about with each other.
It's harder than it sounds, by the way, talking across an ocean and desert. Because there's an ocean AND a desert... and a sea and a few countries between us, I can't always say what I want to say, and neither can he.
Tomorrow's race is for the one's who can't race where they want to...