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My Brother


Jason And Tommy

Jason & Tommy didn't have 
a typical relationship as
Jason was 14 and Tommy was 10. 
Jason wasn't
just Tommy's older brother, though; 
he was his best friend
in the whole world. 
While most older brothers wanted
nothing to do with their younger brothers,
 Jason would
always try to invite Tommy
 to participate in his activities.
Tommy loved his big brother. 
They were true pals.
Besides his brother Jason, 
Tommy didn't have many
 Tommy often wondered
 what he would do
without his older brother. 
You see, 
Little Tommy had
been born with 
a cardiopulmonary disease.
 This had
stunted Tommy's growth 
and had robbed him of his
youthful energy. 
It wasn't that he didn't want to play
baseball, tag and all the games
 that other boys his age
it's just that
 he got tired real quick 
when he did.
Knowing this, 
the other boys
 never wanted Tommy to
be on their team. 
They would fight over whose team
Tommy would have to be on, 
and he was often labeled
 as a wimp or sissy
 by the healthier boys. 
But things were different 
around his older brother
Sometimes Tommy and Jason
 would play their
own game of baseball. 
Jason was a good athlete and
everyone wanted Jason on their team. 
However Jason
would only consent to play 
if they would also let Tommy
be on his team. 
If the other boys said no
 then Jason and Tommy
 would both leave 
and do something together.
School had just ended 
and it was summer now.
 Curt, Nathan and Ron 
wanted to go on an overnighter
 in the mountains. 
 they wanted Jason to come along
 "Let's go ask him if he can go tomorrow," 
Ron spoke up.
 Curt was quick to respond.
 "What if he wants  Tommy
to tag along?
 It will slow us all down, 
and we don't want to
spend the whole time 
hiking to the campsite."
Nathan was the first
 to speak to Jason at his house.
"Hey, Jason, 
the three of us 
are going on an overnighter
up in Adam's Canyon. 
Are you with us?"
"Sure I am!" 
Jason was excited.
 "I'll have Tommy's pack
and my own ready to go tonight," 
he said.
The three boys looked at each other, 
wondering who
would tell Jason 
that Tommy wasn't welcome to come.
Finally Curt spoke up. 
"Hey, ah, Jason... this hike is just
for the four of us. 
Tommy would slow us all down.
Nothing against Tommy,
 but why don't you leave him
home this time?"
Jason saw Tommy through the corner of his eye. 
was standing by his bedroom door, 
listening intently to
the whole conversation. 
He was bravely trying to hold
back the tears of rejection.
Jason stood up and said, 
"I'm sorry,  guys, but if Tommy
isn't welcome, 
then I'm not going either. 
You guys have fun.
 "Hey, wait a minute," said Ron.
 "It's okay with me if
Tommy comes. 
We can leave a little bit earlier to give us
more time." 
The guys agreed on a departing time for the
next morning, and left.
Six  o'clock came early the next morning. 
Tommy was
ready by 5:30 a.m. 
This was to be his first real hike.
Within the first quarter mile, 
it was obvious that Tommy's
progress would be slow.
He wanted so much to please
Jason by walking fast,
but the faster he walked, 
the sooner
he would have to rest. 
The other boys were anxious to get
to the campsite, 
often found themselves
 leaving Jason
and Tommy behind.
"Here, Tommy, my pack is light.
 Let me carry yours, too,"
Jason said, 
with concern for his brother.
Tommy gave Jason his heavy burden.
 "I'm sorry," said Tommy. 
"I'm doing the best I can."
"I know, Tommy,"
 Jason said as he rustled Tommy's hair.
After two miles
 Tommy was struggling with fatigue.
 He was sweating profusely and fighting for air. 
His chest felt
tight, too.
 I'll go a long way 
before I stop  to rest this time,
thought Tommy. 
The other boys were out of sight now.
After five more minutes of walking, 
Tommy fell to his
 "I gotta stop," whimpered Tommy, 
with tears of frustration 
cutting clear streams through the  dust 
on his face.
 "That's okay," said Jason. 
"Take all the time you need."
Jason was obviously worried 
as he saw Tommy struggling
for breath.
 "Jason, something is happening inside my chest!
It hurts awful bad.
" Tommy was slumping over on the
ground in pain.
 Jason slipped the packs off his back and
rolled Tommy over. 
Tommy's tense body relaxed suddenly
as he looked up into Jason's eyes
 that had tears now, too.
"I love you an awful lot, Jason." 
The struggle was over now.
Tommy's little body had given up. 
The tears came freely
from Jason's eyes  he tightly hugged his brother.
"I'll miss you, Tommy," 
Jason softly whispered.
Forty-five minutes later, 
tears were still trickling from
Jason's eyes when the other boys returned.
Jason, we thought you guys got-- 
Ron stopped short in
the middle of his comment. 
A chill ran down the boy's backs.
Jason was supporting Tommy's silent head in his lap,
caressing the tear-stained face of his little brother.
"Is he dead, Jason?" 
Ron asked tenderly.
"Yeah," Jason said, as another tear fell quietly from
his eyes to Tommy's face.
 "He was doing his very best
for me." 
Two more minutes passed in silence.
"I'll carry him down now,"
 Jason said, as he gently
lifted the lifeless body 
in the cradle of his arms.
Nothing was said for 20 minutes 
down the mountain
Curt tapped Jason on his shoulder, 
"I'll spell ya and carry Tommy for a while. 
You must be
getting tired now."
Jason kept walking.
He ain't heavy...
He's my brother."

Author Unknown To Me

Contributed By: Don 




The road is long
With a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where

Who knows when

But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me

He ain't heavy, he's my brother
If I'm laden at all
If I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart
Isn't filled with gladness
Of love for one another

It's a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn't weigh me down at all

He ain't heavy, he's my brother
He's my brother
He ain't heavy, he's my brother...

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