Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color

Setting Out

We relied too much on ‘big brother’ to take charge, forgetting how small he was.
But he really didn’t seem to mind: “cummon Deb”, he said,
And off the two of you went, up the ladder of life.


The house was quiet—no footsteps, no clacking of dishes, no water running, nothing. Perhaps it was just a lull in the usual household noise. I waited a couple of seconds, a couple more, but no, nothing. The silence muffled everything, inside and out.

Before and After

He said, “It was one of the scariest things in my life.” She said, “I honestly don’t remember.” My heart aches for them and for the children they were.