Something I’ve Left Out For a Reason – My (stoogy) Siblings

As some of you probably noticed, I failed to mention anything about the going away party at Jay’s in any of my earlier posts. No, I was not being forgetful. I just wanted to give that party, and the reason behind it, it’s proper place.

When I decided to do the Trail, aside from my parents, the only people that I initially told were my siblings, Matt, Paul, and D. My plan was going to be to tell a few people, and then kind of slip away into the foggy mountain dew. I didn’t want to make a big deal about leaving, or attempting the trip – not sure why. But anyway, that was what I thought was going to happen. Much to my surprise, my siblings threw an awesome going away party for me at Jay’s. Not only did they gather friends and family from around town, they got a bunch of UD guys to make the trip (thanks a ton for coming guys, that was awesome). I walked right into their sneaky trap – I had no idea what was going on!

So what I really want to say here is that having people like them around you for your whole life is really something invaluable. It’s really amazing to see the things good brothers and sisters will do for each other. Although they foiled my plan of a sneaky exit into the mountain fog :), I greatly appreciate them getting everyone together for my sending off. It’s difficult to articulate or write what it means to me, but know that it’s truly something special. To have people gather to send me off with a few beers, although a relatively small act, is truly something powerful. And it has stuck with me through this journey, and will continue to be one of my fondest memories no matter where I go from here.

Terrible Tang out here said something to me the other day that really resonated with me. We were talking about brothers and sisters and how growing up there was always a battle about something or other (he has 2 older sisters, and and older brother). He’s now about 35 or so, and like me, his siblings have become his best friends. He said something along the lines of “It takes time to realize what we truly have in siblings. You don’t just have brothers or sisters, you have people that you have literally shared your whole life with, from the very beginning, to the very end.” That is really something that is difficult to comprehend, but it’s something very special as well. So thanks for everything you’ve done, and everything you will do – I appreciate it with all my heart.

9 replies
  1. danielle
    danielle says:

    you made me cry:( we love you so very much and will support and be there for you with every decision you make in your life. we are so lucky to have our very own bean squad
    miss you and love you

    STOOGE ON:)

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  2. Kylene
    Kylene says:

    Awwww that was really sweet Toad. Hope all is well out there on the trail – let us know when you make it through VA!!! Stay warm & dry 🙂

    Reply
  3. Mom
    Mom says:

    Words written from the heart are always the most beautiful!! I am so very proud of you!! Have fun and be safe!! I love you!!

    Reply
  4. Dad
    Dad says:

    Miss the sight of your smile and the sound of your laughter but are comforted by the beat of your heart deep inside me

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  5. Katie Marie
    Katie Marie says:

    This is great. The Quinns are great. You are a lucky guy, Chris! Keep up the good work and be safe! I look forward to these posts. 🙂

    Reply

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