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I enjoyed the descriptions of the differnces of these unique brothers.
What interesting contrasts these two brothers were! You described them both very well, and I especially liked this colorful description of John:

"You lolled and listed like a Mississippi houseboat, convinced by tide and current, always looking for a fishing hole, always willing to tie up in the sun."

Wonderful! I could just picture him in my mind! :)

Your ending was sad, and can serve as a reminder to all of us to cherish our family relationships.
Some don't know what they got until it's gone. So sad, but so true. Good job with the topic and this sorely needed reminder of laying down our pride and differences to love each other as siblings.