Brotherly Love

 

Hello Loves,

 

Have you ever wondered about the connection between college fraternities and sororities and the real world? Recently, I attended the funeral of a man taken too soon from this life. I watched as his family and friends mourned the loss of a person who could captivate an entire room with a quip or a smile and always said, “I’m a busy man, talk fast.” It was heart wrenching to watch a mother grieve over the loss of her  son, but it was interesting to observe a brotherhood that is oftentimes overlooked when conversation turns to fraternities. I attended a community college, so I was never given the opportunity to join a sorority, although I will admit I’ve always wanted to, yet I’ve been one of those people who grumble about buying friends. Like many people, I’ve dismissed fraternities as being about nothing more than drinking and women. I was mistaken.

While attending this particular funeral, I witnessed one man who traveled all the way from Florida to say goodbye to his brother. Many other brothers left their own families at home to bond with their brothers as another brother was laid to rest. While I watched these men share meaningful looks, as well as a profound sense of grief, all thought of butt chugging made me ashamed. I watched as many of them cried without shame, tears streaming down their cheeks.

 

Like most things in life, fraternities don’t always fall into stereotypes and quite frequently many of the brothers share a bond throughout life.

 

Rest in peace, Clint, and your brothers will always talk fast because you’re a busy man.

6 thoughts on “Brotherly Love

  1. Beautiful, made me teary eyed. On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 9:41 AM McCalla Around Knoxville wrote:

    > McCalla Kuhlman posted: ” Hello Loves, Have you ever wondered about the > connection between college fraternities and sororities and the real world? > Recently, I attended the funeral of a man taken too soon from this life. I > watched as his family and friends mourned ” >

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  2. Beautiful piece, McCalla! I’ve often had the same thoughts about fraternities, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that was just envy. And while I had the deep friendships that can only come from serving with my military brothers, I’ve often thought that I would have loved to have been in a fraternity with a bunch of guys.

    I think such a situation would have been more relaxed as compared to military service, where the bonds are built under far more duress.

    Keep up the great job on the blog!!

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    1. My Brother in Arms, I served my country and had an established relationship within my fraternity that was one and the same. You are right about bonds under duress and those that are forged under a less hostile environment. I will conclude that my Brother’s regardless the circumstances will always be my Brother’s. R.I.P Clint Price……., PHI’s, We few, We happy few, We Band of Brothers, For He Today That Sheds His Blood With Me Shall BE MY BROTHER.

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