We chat about Christmas, and what our families will be doing. Brian just found out the other day that his brother won’t be coming this year. He’s got just the one brother, Jack, twelve years older than him. The story is that Jack went into the army right after high school, got sent to Germany, got married, and stayed there after he was discharged. He’s got two kids that Brian’s never even met. Apparently, there was some hope that Jack would bring the family back here this Christmas, but it fell through. I think it’s really sad, that Brian has a niece and nephew he hasn’t ever met.
We still haven’t figured out when we’ll be able to meet over the holiday. I guess we’ll just have to play that by ear. We’ve got nine days to be together before then, though, and I intend to make the most of them.
Excerpt from Dream Student by James DiBenedetto, included in At Odds with Destiny
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