My baby brother, P, (yes the very same who is helping me produce my audiobook and did the cover art for Star Sharks,) is 18 now. I can hardly believe it. He will be a college freshman next year.
Last year was a difficult year for the family. In March 2017, as I've mentioned before, our mother was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a brain tumor, and found out she had Stage 4 brain cancer. She had it removed at Duke University in April. By May, my brother's 17th birthday, she was still recovering from that and struggling with short-term memory loss, vision, and a number of other maladies, as you can imagine. Needless to say, I wanted to make my brother's birthday special. He, like me, has always liked knights, swords, and the like. I got him an authentic sword from a site he had shown me. I decided to spruce up the giving and make it more exciting.
I wrote him a poem full of clues, with a treasure map scribbled on the back that would lead him to other clues around the house, until finally finding the blade and its sheath in the fireplace in the living room behind its closed, glass doors. It was fun for both of us.
This year, my mom is still with us. She is fighting. She is one of the strongest people I have ever known. She continues to teach Kindergarten each day, effectively (she has the test scores to prove it!) by some combination, I speculate miracle and sheer power of the human will.
In the spirit of my brother's 18th birthday the other week, and me having just finished my 2nd novel that I'm now revising and getting ready to launch, that has, without giving too much away, knights and swords as an element in it, and just being happy in general that mom is still with us, I decided to post the poem with its clues and wordplay that led P to his sword last year for you to read. It's a pdf posted below.
I am very proud of my brother, the young man he has and continues to become. He is a brave and valiant young knight.
As always, I hope you enjoy the read and get some sort of positive benefit/vibe from it.
Enjoy, and yours always in creative musings,
Friends of T.D. Smith