A Brother’s Strength

The human spirit is truly amazing.

I worried about my trip to my brother’s.

He had lost his job.

He had lost his house.

And now he had lost his wife.

Theirs was a love story interrupted.

They parted ways before he went off to war – the war America scorned.

He came back to a silent nation that did not welcome their warriors home.

I don’t know how that may have changed him.

All I know is he came home to find his Robin.

He never had any doubt, though others may have.

And when a lesser man would pull away – when she became ill, my brother embraced her more.

Even when his life was shattered – a job gone, a dream home, faded away.

None of it mattered.

Because in his heart he had his Robin.

And now she was gone, too.

But, there was no anger.

There was no despair.

Because Martin held the key to it all.

Jobs are lost.

Homes are just a frame.

Love is what matters most.

And, that – no one can ever take away.

I love you, Martin. 

I love the man you’ve become. 



  1. says

    This brought tears to my eyes, Cathy. Another lovely tribute. They clearly had a love that Hollywood could only dream of. I’m glad they found each other. The rest of us can only dream about finding a Martin or a Robin.

  2. Kim Lemon says

    Oh Cathy…I am rendered speechless – and totally moved. Proof – the pen truly is mightier than the sword. Thank you for sharing your gift. Blessings to you and your family.

  3. says

    Beautifully said. So heartfelt and authentic. It made me cry. Your brother sounds like a very special man. Your tribute must mean the world to him. I’m so sorry for his (and your) loss of Robin. Thank you for sharing your story. ~ Suerae
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  4. Ryan Biddulph says

    Hi Cathy,

    Wonderful inspiration here!

    Love conquers all. No matter what we face in life, if we have love for life, for all things which come our way, we get through all the invariable losses we experience.

    Thanks for sharing with us!


  5. Larry Lewis says

    My life is devoted to the memory of my sister who this month will have been gone 10 years. I read this and think how wonderful it is to see some one so proud of their brother. And reading about your brother what a fantastic attitude he has and i hope things improve for you all
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    • Cathy says

      Larry: Thank you for sharing about your sister and for the kind words. I appreciate you taking the time. Peace to you and your loved ones.

  6. Clint Forester says

    Wow Cathywhat a tribute. Was talking to Aunt Margie and told me about the tribute… What a blessing to have strength and support of a loving family…

    Love to all my Miller Cousins and special thought and prayers to Martin and his kids.

    Love you


    • Cathy says

      Hi Clint-thanks for stopping by. I was really amazed at the strength Martin shows, under the circumstances. It is inspiring. I appreciate your comments.

      Love you back, Cathy

    • Cathy says

      Hi Lori-I’m usually pretty private (believe it or not), and debated about posting it. But, I was so impressed by my brother that I just wanted to share that pride.

      Thanks for the nice words, Lori.

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