Updated: Oct 18, 2020
This past weekend I lost my little brother William due to natural causes. It breaks a piece of my heart that he won't be here anymore. I didn't find my biological father until about 5 years ago. At that time I gained four brothers and two sisters, William was one of those brothers. William was a gentle soul and had a smile whenever he say you. When I became a part of this family I wasn't sure how I would fit into it. We always hear both happy and sad stories of family members finding their biological family. Luckily for me, I was welcomed with open arms and accepted into the family. I even decided to move my youngest son & myself to New York to get to know them better. I'm grateful that I have and my father has helped me to learn more about his side of the family. I haven't been able to be as close as I would have liked to with some of the family members. William once told me that he was glad that I came into their lives because he felt like I had helped to bring the family back together. I don't know how true that was, but I definitely felt that William was glad to have me in his life.
I had always taught my own children that no one is perfect. People aren't around us aren't perfect and we need to love them for who they are. Not being perfect allows us to learn and grow into the people that we become. I know in my past that there have been choices I have made that I know for a fact that I shouldn't have, but I have used those mistakes to grow. William has struggled with choices that he made in his life, but in the past month he had really began to grow from those mistakes. We had a great conversation that had lasted over an hour a few weeks ago and he talked about he really wanted to get on a smarter path to building his life. He won't ever get the chance to show us how amazing he could be. I am thankful that he was able to leave this world in a good place.
William loved his family more than anything and it felt wonderful to know that I had the chance, even if it was only for a little while to be is "Sis." Thank you William for making me feel a part of the family. I will love and miss you, always and forever.
Your Big Sis