My Brother

I have talked about him endlessly on the old Xanga. I hadn’t seen him for almost five years. He had told me that because the Customs agents and the Security guys at the airports in Toronto and Florida had harassed him when he visited about a decade ago, he had decided never to come here. But I think he realized how much he missed me and my younger sister, so he decided to apply for visa and so he came.
He stayed only two and half days with me. We were together every minute and every second of the day. We laughed at all the jokes that we used to say, and we shared some heartbreaking memories of the parents. The hours we spent together, were healing and cathartic.
He left today. I took him to St. Louis to my cousin’s home and we had an excellent lunch with them and then on to the airport, to fly to Ft. Lauderdale where my younger sister lives. He has already called me twice to tell me he misses me. Brothers and sisters! Such tenacious bonds!


The above picture was taken in my son’s office.Β  here is another one of him at Panera having his favorite Americano Espresso. (What ever that means. I don’t drink coffee.)


Today in my cousin’s home we took some pictures. My brother and this cousin were very close to each other throughout their childhood and youth. My cousin came here and attended MIT, and decided to stay back. My brother became a business tycoon in Dubai. It was good to see them interact and talk of old days.



So that’s it for tonight. Waiting for his call from Ft. Lauderdale to let me know that he has reached there. Have a good night.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to My Brother

  1. erikamsteele says:

    I am glad you were able to see your brother. I hope you get to see him again.

  2. digitalgranny says:

    What beautiful photos and what beautiful memories. I wish for you both many, many happy years of togetherness through phone, text, visits and every way that you can spend time making more memories.

  3. Like I said on Xanga…I am SO glad your brother was able to spend time with you! πŸ™‚ You made some precious memories! I hope your next visit with him will be sooner than 5 years! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  4. oburi says:

    I’m glad you had a good visit. I love that photo of him with his coffee. He looks very distinguished.

  5. Humor_Me_Now says:

    Very nice to read Dr. Zakiah. It is so nice to have family. I had one brother 12 years older than me who took care of me as a kid. You have such a lovely family.


  6. atlantaspoon says:

    i hope you get to see him again very soon. im glad you two spent quality time together!

    • Zakiah says:

      We did spend a lot of quality time together. It was just perfect Michael. I hope I see him again too. Don’t like these four and five year intervals.

  7. Dear Zakiah, It is such a wonderful thing to be reunited with those we dearly love, I am so happy for you! I have spent the last month in New Orleans , with family I whom I don’t get to see near as often as I’d like. My trip was wonderful, while in the Carrolton street area I saw a woman who favored you. I thought of you telling me how you liked NOLA, and thought that we meet so many good people. I’m glad to know you, and glad for your happiness. May your brother be blessed wth safe travel , and maybe it won’t be as long till you see him again.

    With great care, Brent

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