I remember, so fondly, my long lost sister Tammy, contacting me in February of 2012.
I was going through my SIU Email Account, since I was an old retiree of 1 year and 1 month, and I thought that I would pursue it one last time before deleting the account, since is had, primarily, work related emails in it.
When, what did I come upon…but an email from Tamora Brooks and in the narrative she says that she and her brothers and sister are looking for their brother, Bradley Jay Brooks. She had enclosed a photo of ‘Bradley’ when he was quite young…but the picture did not photocopy.
Tammy went on to say that her father was William Brooks.
I thought to myself that this sounded to good to be true and Mary Jane and I proceeded to the movies. On the way to the theatre we stopped at our mailbox and retrieved a hard copy letter from Tamora and within the envelope was a photo…that I could not deny.
I telephoned Tammy the next day and we spoke for some time. She told me that I had another sister, Jolene, and two brothers, Brock and Bill.
I was overjoyed!
Tammy and I even spoke regarding that there were two more daughters from another mother, Billie and Amber.
I immediately was transformed from an only child to having six siblings.
I was beside myself!
Tammy has been doing some genealogical research into our Dad’s Family Tree. She has been talking with our cousin, Karl, and he has sent her some fascinating photos.
‘This is Dad’s grandparents and girls are his aunts. The baby boy is Dad’s father.’
‘Dad’s youngest sister, Neoma, who is still alive.’
‘This is Thomas Smothers..Great great grandfather…Our grandmother Verna’s Dad and Effie, her mama (our great great grandmother).’
Tammy is a wonder!
When she sets her mind to investigate, she produces the goods!
I am going to meet her in 2018…no matter what!
My brother Brock and his wonderful family have visited with us a few times and we have joined them in Gatlinburg, Tennessee last April.
They are wonderful people…and it seems that we have grown up together.
I certainly hope that this coming year will be the time for me, the oldest brother, and all of my brothers and sisters…to meet and enjoy each others company…and talk about our heritage.
Have you ever talked with someone or met someone…and seen yourself in their eyes and manner?
When you talk with or meet adult siblings that you have never met…it is a spiritual and ethereal experience to see the resemblance and speech patterns and similar ideas and mirror images of personalities…that are present in long lost sisters and brothers.
Our Dad had three sisters…this is one of them…Cousin Karl’s mother…Doris Janie.
My mom and dad divorced when I was five years old. Dad has been a spectral image for me. A few memories…as if from a dream…
My brother Brock and his wife Marcy.
Our Dad and my sister, Tammy.