Running with a birthday boy

Brother the Younger, left; me; Brother the Elderly

Today’s the birthday of Brother the Younger.

He’s a really cool guy. We don’t get to spend much time together. Life’s like that. But he’s always been there when I needed him.

When we were kids, he launched a croquet ball into Brother the Elder’s belly that became a Smith Boy legend. I, an innocent bystander, could only watch. And laugh like crazy once nobody was looking.

We played guitar together. I drummed him at Monopoly. We shared adventures in a battered Toyota Land Cruiser and a Pinkie Outpost. We had a beer at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and encountered a mountain lion (i think) in the middle of the night at Big Bend.

We survived a 260-mile canoe race despite my total cluelessness of how to row. He had really good drugs.

When I had my Monkey Heart installed, he was there before the surgery and stayed until I was on my way back home. When I had no idea how to make a wireless connect work (Magic Weasels?) it was done. Moving to Corpus? He drove the truck.

When I ran across Texas, he met me in the middle of nowhere with a Schlotzky sandwich. Best meal of my life.

I thought about all that while running today. And how you don’t get to choose who you grow up with. I guess I just got lucky.

Happy birthday, bro.

Geezer …

today’s run

  • 4.1 miles — 56:22 (13:45) 78 degrees r/t
  • 13:35, 13:25, 14:06, 13:52
  • Piranha-meter — 894 miles

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8 Responses to Running with a birthday boy

  1. Fantastic photo! I bet you had a lot of fun growing up. Makes me think of the antics to come with my 3 boys. 🙂

    Happy birthday to your BRO. !

  2. tosuperstar says:

    He has carried his burden well! He ain’t Heavy, he’s my brother. Happy Birthday to your Little Bro, and many more runs in his name for you both. (However, feel free to take a break tomorrow).

  3. Madiantin says:

    1. Happy bday to the bro! 🙂 many happy returns of the day.
    2. You ran across Texas?

  4. SeniorRunner says:

    with your usual economy of words
    you have produced a truly moving tribute, sir.
    sometimes you are a real mr. softie.
    must be all of those frostys…

  5. SmithBoy_TheYounger says:


  6. Jenster! says:

    All I can think is – your poor mother!

    Hope your bro had a good birthday!

  7. gdionelli says:

    Nice tribute. Now can we leave this mushy stuff behind and get back to sarcasm and insults?

    (Happy Birthday to the brother who will always be younger than you.)

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