Us ~ 1972
Above is the complete layout using the silhouette I created of me and my brother, Richard. I was around 7 or 8 and Richard was around 5 or 6. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2004 from alcoholism at the age of 38. The photo below has always been a favorite of mine and even though I cannot see or talk to him now, I know he’s always at my side.
July 4th has never been the same since he passed. His 5 niece’s and 1 nephew (poor boy) knew Richard would purchase a ton of fireworks for them to shoot off. He would either take all the older kids out of the city limits to shoot them off or take his chances and shoot them off down the street at mom and dad’s house. Watching Richard round up all the kids, which were running in every direction but the right direction, so as not to get caught by the police had mom and I laughing until we cried.
They only got caught once and little Terri threw him under the bus mighty quick. When the cops asked Richard if he had anymore fireworks, Terri chimes in with, “only these” in her little “Roo” voice and showing them a handful of bottle rockets. Needless to say, nothing happened and I’m sure the cops still laugh at her deer caught in the headlights face. That moment was priceless. We all have super fun memories of Richard and I miss him a lot but even more so every July 4th.