Lessons My Brother Taught Me

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Roger (my brother) and I

I love to travel and I have to thank my parents and older brother for that. My mother was afraid to drive so we could only go places that we could drive to so it wasn’t unusual for us to spend 4-5 days driving across the U.S. and to Canada and Mexico. My brother was a bit different, he traveled all over Europe, South America and New Zealand before he passed away. So, it’s no wonder my favorite trips are driving to different states and seeing what they have to offer.

Now, when I was younger and traveled with my parents we had no idea where we were going to end up or spend the night so we’d usually get off the interstate around 4pm and look for vacancy signs on the motels we passed. My brother on the other hand had an itinerary with all his hotels booked before he left.

I remember in 1967 (I was 10 and he was 29, I told you he was my OLDER brother) he went to The Worlds Fair in Canada. He went through a travel agent and they had a hard time finding hotels in Montreal with available rooms but he eventually found one.

The first time he traveled to Europe he bought a Eurail pass and traveled from city to city but at each destination he had a hotel waiting for him. I remember him coming home and telling us that he met a girl in one of the cities that didn’t have a reservation and there was a convention of some sort so no rooms to be found. Since he had a room with 2 beds the hotel clerk asked if he’d mind sharing his room, he agreed and the two of them traveled to several cities together before going their separate ways. That story has always stuck in my mind and I refuse to travel until I have a reservation well in advance of my departure.

My brother taught me many things besides how to travel.  He taught me how to ignore my parents and do what I wanted without them knowing.  He taught me how to enjoy being myself and to not be afraid to step out of my comfort zone.  Most of all he taught me the joy of having a big brother to protect me, encourage me to do better and goof off with.  

Roger trying to teach me to skate on an ice rink me made for me

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  1. He sounds like a great brother.

  2. Dee says:


    He was.