farm-y

* kinda like a journal, no responsibility taken for grammar, punctuation, spelling mistakes… or the lack of upper case letters *

 

here they are…the carswell boys…and grandma!

 

  

i’m a little late in posting, but…technically it’s still birthday month

we have a very unique situation in our family…all four of my brothers birthdays are in the first week of july

even more astonishing…my grandmas…verna amelia fournie…birthday was 4 july!

my brothers have been a huge part of my life…even though i’m 6, 7 and 10 years younger…they’ve been influential in many ways that i’m sure they haven’t even thought of…nor am i about to divulge here…i wouldn’t give up the goods!…but they’ve each shaped a bit of who i am…from my deep appreciation of all music, to my wit, to my ability to see other points of view…hmmm… and let’s face it…i like hogan’s heroes and i can throw a baseball with strength and accuracy…like a boy

i could take advantage of this forum and give them a little grief here…it’s tempting and just for giggles...but…i think it’s important to acknowledge some of the qualities that are common between these four special men

they are..without a doubt… kind-hearted…incredibly smart… independent… gutsy…funny…each in their own – good – weird ways… strong…in all the ways one can be…always lend a hand when/if they can…challenging…firey…and yes..a wee bit stubborn …big shocker, i know

even though they…we… share these qualities…they…we… are all…what i like to call…free-thinkers…we were raised in the same home, by the same parents…but we definitely have our own ideas…and that’s the good stuff

i’m continually amazed by our differences…i embrace them because i learn so much…we’re sometimes not the united nations…but at the end of the day…i’m lucky to have these guys in my life

how did this barn-burner of birthdays happen…simple…math…science…and a bit o’ love…the first week of july is 9 months after our parents wedding anniversary and although it could happen to anyone…i think it’s more likely  in an …originally catholic…farm-y family

l to r: ken 2 july, rob + rick 5 july and alan 3 july…i’m guessing it’s 1965
l to r: rob + rick, alan and ken in front, about 2002
l to r / b to f: grandma, uncle ken, grandpa, mom + uncle harold, about 1941, and grandma in 1991

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