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Aug 24, 2009

THREE OR MORE TUESDAY

Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner is hosting Three or More Tuesday. What does it say about me that I always have 3 or more of something? I can always find something for this meme. You should see the rest of the posts. There is always amazing stuff there.

For my Three or More Tuesday I am posting 3 photos relating to my brother, something that makes me pretty sad. My brother was a hockey player. He was a goalie of some note. In his teen years he played in a time where there were few pads for protection and his elbows were so swollen and elongated it was frightening. 

He was a good enough goalie that he received hockey scholarships to universities and played on the farm team for the Vancouver Canucks. He played for Denver University, Ohio University and UBC in British Columbia. He never could have gone to these schools otherwise as my mother had no money. One year in the off season for school he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings, a semi pro team. When he went back to Ohio for the start of the new school year a coach from a rival team recognized him and said that because he played for a semi-pro team he was no longer qualified to play university hockey and lodged a complaint. My brother lost his scholarships. 

Not one to let things get him down at the time he carried on by starting his own businesses. He started making fiberglass goalie masks and he started his own goalie schools. This was back in the 1970's.

His first book on goaltending, although amateur in production, were considered very informative and technically progressive.

His second book was an expansion of the first.

 My brother has had goalie schools in Japan, Minnesota, Florida, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta and a few other places I have forgotten about. 
 He doesn't drink or use any other substances, not even coffee. For whatever reason he has stopped all contact with me and my sisters. (our parents are deceased). I have three (not more) siblings but for reasons beyond my control I don't even know if one of them is dead or alive. 

9 comments:

Mary said...

How sad! That makes the family around you all the more important.

Barb said...

Good for your brother, but how sad you all are not in contact with each other.

family is so important.
do you know where any of them are??

blessings,

barbara jean

Poppedijne said...

You are it seems to me very proud of your brother and it is so sad to read at the end of the post that he does not have any contact with you. I hope one day you and your siblings all we get in contact again. Family is so precious....

Candy said...

A real rags to riches story. But the ending is so sad. Makes me very curious. Thanks for stopping by the lunch box and sharing the marble story.
I wonder sometimes about my sisters (I'm in the middle), when our parents are the main connecting point. We are a loving family but not a visiting, calling kind of folks. That may be something that has to change. I am the only one in the bunch that does computer communication daily with the world, but I can't get them engaged. This really is the mode of communication of the day and so easy.
Hope you story has a different ending soon.
Blessings, Candy

Jane said...

I too have 3 siblings, if not for my Mom, I would not hear or know a thing about any of them. Mom is the conduit of information, but none of us kids chat or write or email let alone get together. Of course we all live in different states too, but still we just aren't buddy-buddy brother & sisters. I suspect that once my Mom is gone, then we kids really will go our separate ways & that will be the end of that. Oddly enough, I don't sit around & wonder much about my siblings or fret that we aren't terribly close/warm/fuzzy- we all have our own lives to live & this is just how it is.

Lori E said...

Well that's the rub. My sisters and I are all very close. He is welcome with open arms to any of our homes and knows this. The last time we saw him it was a happy day for all of us.

Neabear said...

Interesting post! But sad too. I do hope that your brother will come back to see you and your sisters. I have two brothers, but I don't see them very often either.

Thank you for visiting my post today!

~Linnea

imjacobsmom said...

That's too bad, Lori. Sometimes we just get so wrapped up in our own worlds that we forget to involve others in our lives. Maybe he is just so busy and time has gotten away from him. Sometimes I can go awhile before I talk to my brother, but we always get together at the Holidays, and I do converse with his kids, even more so now that I am on FB. And I suppose he hears what's going on with the family, etc. so he doesn't feel left out. Have you searched the internet for him? (Although, It wouldn't help with my family we all have very common names.) Well, I hope he soon realizes what he's missing and calls you soon. I like your new background, BTW. ~ Robyn

DeniseMarie said...

well, you can't let that stop you from praying for blessings for him and that the lord would give you a word from him or about him. I rarely get to hear much about or from my 3 teenage neices that stayed with me way back when they were 4, 5 and 6 yrs of age. at least God listens when we pray.

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