Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Uphill Both Ways

They were so poor, so the story goes, they didn't own a horse and had to ride the pig to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm.

Some rendition of this hard times story is told in every family I know. The difference is that when my father-in-law, Lewis, tells it he has the pictures to back it up. Well, at least the picture riding the pig. As you can see, Bainville, Montana was very flat, so he didn't really travel uphill both ways to school. But from the windswept hairdos, I'd say it was a wild ride anyway.

The Twins - Bill and Lewis
and Baby Dell

They were also the only playmates to be had for miles in every direction. Brothers. Best friends. Today, eighty years later, Lewis and Baby Dell are still the best of friends. Lifelong friends. Bill died over forty years ago.

Baby Dell comes to town every morning to collect his mail and stops at Lewis' for coffee and conversation. As hard as it is to believe, they have something to say to each other every morning after all these years. Often in a language all their own and often not requiring that a sentence be finished; they talk, plan, and execute the day's adventures. Heaven help you if you cross them, for it is the two of them against the world and always has been.

I have had the privilege of being a witness to the love these two brothers have for each other. It is a wonderful example for our entire family. Something we all hold in our hearts.

Brothers, smiling for the camera.

Submission for Brothers & Sisters, Smile for the Camera, A Carnival of Images.


Blogger Alex Coles said...

Lovely story, great picture - thanks for sharing, it put a smile on my face!

March 10, 2009 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thanks Alex, this photo hangs on the wall in my hallway, and it always makes me smile too.

For Christmas a few years ago I framed a copy for Lewis and Dell. It's their favorite.


March 10, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

I love this picture! It's wonderful that the 2 brothers are still so very close!

March 11, 2009 at 4:25 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

OMG! I just love this picture. This is so fun and adorable! What a treasure to have in your treasure chest.

March 18, 2009 at 8:45 AM  

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