so seeing the clock strike 13 past is how I always start off my birthday.
Last night, I was tired and it was a bit of an effort to stay up that late, but I did.
I think of my brother as I get older because he reminds me that aging is a privilege. That tomorrows are not promised. I embrace getting older because he never will.
As I laid my head down on my pillow last night, letting 30 sink in, I could smell him.
I could smell my brother.
A brother I haven’t seen since I was 16–who died when I was 17–here, in my subleased room in Melbourne, Australia, more than 10,000 miles away from the place where his bones lie.
Scent tornado coincidence?
Nostalgia-induced sense memory hiccup?
A visit from the ghost of sibling past?
I don’t know. I don’t have an explanation.
What I do have is the ending of the 10 yr. relationship that was my 20s, a circumstantial optimism about my 30s, and a life that I only pretend to understand.