To My Brother Charlie
My brother suffered a stroke four years ago. It left him partially paralyzed on one half of his body and he is now basically bedridden. Since the stroke, his favorite memories are of being in the Colorado mountains where we grew up. He has a similar love for wildlife that I do. He's been enjoying all the pictures of Chippy and the Crew.
He and I used to have a pet chipmunk when we were children. My brother rescued baby "Chippy" from the bottom of an old, wet, and rusty can. I was his little shadow -- going everywhere he did.
I was two years younger and adored my brother. I grew up with three older brothers; I was the baby of the family and the only girl. Charlie was always good to me. I was his little helper building tree houses. We did a lot of stuff together: rafting the little creeks in homemade contraptions, camping out with friends, driving around in old 3-wheel mail scooter and exploring on our minibikes. We hiked and fished and played with our dog. Ahhh.... so many good childhood memories....
It was great talking to you today! After I got off the phone, I noticed Chippy's babies for the first time! Two of them were on the hillside behind the cabin. I've been on the look out for them for two weeks! They've gotten big. Last year's litter made their debut above ground on July 4th. I got to experience their first day exploring life around the cabin. It was so adorable. They were smaller than the chipmunks at that time. Thought you would appreciate seeing these new pics.
You're in my thoughts often. Miss you and love you sooo much!
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