Paige and I have had a few visitors coming by to see what all the fuss was about, Luis, my brother Eduardo, and Paige’s mom Jan. It has been a bit a bit weird having our two lives clash as I have mentioned on one of our last blogs when Luis was in town. When you live on a Holiday Isle, it’s easy to make everyday into a fun adventure and subsequently a lifestyle, and sharing that with family and friends only intensifies the experience.
My brother’s visit stood out a bit more than just sharing fun times. When Eduardo first arrived I got the same sensation as I did when Luis was here. Like “whoa, is this really happening?” because I would look at him and imagine our life in San Francisco and then in the same moment would flash forward to our lives in Tasmania. As that feeling settled down (and I’m sure he felt similarly) we could put more attention on the ‘now’ rather than the past. We went fishing, hiking, road biking, and mountain biking with beers mixed in of course. The adventures are memorable but what stood out the most about Eduardo’s visit was the connection of brotherhood that was so intense with him. It is like having your best friend but maybe even a bit more raw. Remember, Eduardo was here for about three weeks so he definitely was able to nestle in and get a rhythum of the life down under. Being here for that long gave him a true sense of our lifestyle. I think that was good for us both because he was able to tell me truthfully what he made of our slow paced lifestyle in a way that only brothers can get away with. We were able to connect again in that deep brotherly level and it was so intense and real that at times it came as a shock.
There were many deep conversations and a general respect and love that is unmatched. I realized I missed my brother more than I thought. The last year before we moved to Tassie we lived two blocks away, rode bikes to work together, hung out almost every night. Having him here made me realize how much Paige and I depend on our family and best friends to keep us happy and grounded.
Eduardo, you are my best friend and I love you, little guy.