I viewed your life through a peephole, sneaking glances by pressing my eye up to the slit.

So that when the box that held you came to a stop at the altar my knees buckled for all I didn’t know.

I had captured moments like a shutter falling, unaware of what vignettes would frame the final picture.


A decade apart

A gender difference

Your puffed exclamations that I was more mother-hen than sister-friend


But oh how I loved you.



Without exception.

And now  as you dance and dream your days away, safe in the arms of the universe,  I envy your unobstructed view.



In loving memory of my brother, Benjamin Kovaleski



100 Word Challenge writing prompt

This week’s word with Velvet at Velvet Verbosity is



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I’m linking up with them too today.

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Oh, Kir! This is so beautiful it made me cry!
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  2. This made me cry too. Such a beautiful, moving tribute to your brother. “captured moments like a shutter falling”, “the box that held you”. Oh Kir, I feel so much as I read this. Love to you, my friend.
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  3. This was a gorgeous tribute. Three criers…
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  4. Oh, Kir. This is so tender, sweet and raw. Writing these out are good therapy…and you do it so beautifully. xoxox
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  5. I truly got chills. Both times I read your post. Maybe a little because I also have a younger brother. Kir, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your words to him here are simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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