A Brother’s Strength

by Cathy Miller

in Miller Musings, On Everyday Life

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. 


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Karla Campos August 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

I love this Cathy! Much love to you and your family : )
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Cathy August 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

Thank you, Karla. We appreciate the support.


Nicky Parry August 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

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.


Cathy August 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

It indeed was special. Thanks, Nicky, for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated.


Sherrie Koretke August 31, 2011 at 9:51 am

What a beautiful tribute to your brother, Cathy. You are a wonderful sister!


Cathy August 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thank you, Sherrie, for the kind words.


Evie August 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

Beautiful Cathy. It’s clear you love your brother very much and I’m so glad you shared with us.
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Cathy August 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

Thank you, Evie. I do appreciate your kind words.


Des August 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

Well said Aunt Cathy. Hugs.


Cathy August 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thanks, Des. Was glad to finally meet in person-although we all wish for a happier occasion. Hugs back.


Kim Lemon August 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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.


Cathy September 1, 2011 at 5:16 am

Thanks, Kim. I am so glad we reconnected. You are special.


Suerae Stein August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

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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Cathy September 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

Thank you, Suerare, for the kind words. They are greatly appreciated.


Ryan Biddulph August 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

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!



Cathy September 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

You are so right, Ryan. Love does conquer all. Thank you for stopping by.


Larry Lewis September 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

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 September 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

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.


John Soares September 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

Cathy, this is such a moving tribute to your brother and the memory of his wife. It’s a reminder to me to live life fully and to love completely. Thank you.
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Cathy September 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thank you, John. It is certainly something we can all benefit from. I appreciate your kind words.


Clint Forester September 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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 September 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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


Lori September 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

Cathy, I feel like a voyeur reading this – it’s so personal and so real. What a beautiful piece of writing.


Cathy September 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

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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