Hey, brother.

Dear Melvin…I miss you. I mean like, I really miss you, not just your butt. She said it was a year ago that we said goodbye, I don’t understand the concept of time but it feels more like seven years, am I right?

I looked for you, for weeks.  I would howl in case you were lost and needed to hear my sweet Barry White voice to find your way back.  She and I were really sad.  I couldn’t even be around her because she reminded me of you.  I think she felt the same way about me. Eventually I had to stop being alone and start being there for her, just like you told me I would need to be. I try to love her as much as you love her, I think it’s working. She laughs a lot more now.

Lately, she has started saying, ‘you can’t go see your brother yet…’.  Wait, what? Is going to see you an option?  Truth is, I see you all the time. Like every time a sunspot shows up.  Or when I’m outside and the breeze blows my beautiful hairs around, it’s you.

She tried to bring me other brothers. She is funny.  I sent them packing.  I know, I know, you believe in ‘give peace a chance’ and no one appreciates that about you more than me. It’s why I am still alive.  But you know me, I shoot first and ask one question later: “Are you Melvin? No? Then GET OUT!”. I pledge allegiance to the brotherhood of Melvin and Jake.

You are my true love. You made me feel like Super Jake. You always loved me just as a I was. Losing you hurt real bad. I’m going to try to stay with her for a little while longer, she needs to soak in some more Jake awesomeness, but something tells me I may see you soon.  It’s going to be the most epic reunion ever! When I see you, I will run so fast with all my legs and I will jump straight into you! You might want to get protective padding.

It’s you and me and her. She says she wouldn’t change a single thing and I agree. We love you and miss you but are way more better for having had you here with us.  We will always be, three. Well, maybe four if you include your delicious butt.

I will take care of her and you know she will take care of me.

Be on the lookout for me.

I love you.

Jake

PS: We decided to only show the last part of the video, the part about all the love.  There is music so be sure you have sound, music makes everything better!  

Song credit is State of Grace by Taylor Swift, we hope she does not sue us!   

 

 

 

 

 

29 thoughts on “Hey, brother.

  1. Such a lovely letter Jake. I appreciate the humor mixed in with the serious stuff, as I’m sitting at my desk and don’t want to start crying here at work. That’s why I’ll wait until later to watch the video. Sending good thoughts and hugs your way.

  2. What a wonderful tribute to Melvin. Hugs to you and Jake today.

    And once again, thank you for reminding me to always look for the joy.

  3. Well, I’m crying like a baby and hugging my little special needs pug too tight right now. This is a beautiful post and beautiful video tribute. Thank you for sharing it. Sandy

  4. I told myself over and over “Do NOT read/watch this at work”. Well, based on the blubbering mess I am, I obviously didn’t listen to myself.
    This was such a beautiful tribute to Melvin. SO MUCH LOVE!!!!
    I thought about you as soon as I woke up this morning and my heart has been a little raw all day. We are all missing Melvin and sending our thoughts to you and Jake today and always.

  5. When I see you, I will run so fast with all my legs and I will jump straight into you! – Jakey, this is my favorite part….:) Tracey you are too beautiful inside and out not to show your pretty face in these pics!! xoxoxox

    • When I see you, I will run so fast with all my legs and I will jump straight into you! – Jakey, this is my favorite part….:) Tracey you are too beautiful inside and out not to show your pretty face in these pics!! xoxoxox

  6. I don’t know what it is exactly, but your “guest posts” by Jake move me like no others. It’s something about the juxtaposition of cheerful, naive innocence with such raw, unapologetic need that moves me to tears. My fingers are crossed that Jake has much more time with you, but I know the reality and am so glad he has his reunion with Melvin to look forward to. Like others I will have to choose my time to watch the video, but know it will be great. So glad I found you!

  7. ok, i’ve got teary eyes. can’t even start to watch the video. Funny, I’ve been missing our dog Hercules all day today (we had to put him down 2 years ago at 16) and then I read this! The love is always there.

  8. Thank you, thank you Jake for your beautiful words. And reading them in your Barry White voice, perfect. Always joy! xoxo

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