Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Brother, My Friend

Hey brother!  It has meant a lot to be able to watch you graduate first from high school at Highland, then college at William and Mary and just this last weekend, to watch you graduate from Duke!  I know how much you gave up to be by my side after my accident and I am so happy that you were able to go back now and get your Masters degree in Marine Environmental Management.  Thank you for never giving up on me, helping me move through my challenges and for having my back! And I would like you to know that no matter what happens, I have always got yours in return!!!!


"You put your life on hold just to sit beside me.
I know you changed your plans, just so your face I'd see.  
Fist bumps, a thumbs up and a hug from you,
No other brother would do the things you do!

Go Karts and bicycles.  Four wheelers and running shoes.
Snowboards and on the backs of horses we flew.  
Like the Dukes of Hazzard, we were brothers on the run.
My brother, my friend, when it rains, 
You bring the sun."

- Dukes of Hazzard by Forrest and Tom

Martin was the first CCI dog to walk in a Duke graduation -
and he got his own hood for his Masters degree in "Sleeping Through Class"! 


  1. Beautiful in so many ways.

  2. What a nice tribute to a brother who has been a rock, a very dedicated rock, to support you in your journey, Forrest. And he loved being there for you because he's that kind of a brother--just the best. So are you! Love you both! Aunt Lynn and Uncle Ron

  3. What a lovely post, what a good family. Austin and Forrest, Rae and Kent, Toliver and Martin, you are all the BEST!!


    Jim and Gail