“Your brother didn’t go home again Friday night and he’s taken his name and number off of the work van. What do you think that means?”
It means my brother is back to his old tricks; he is drugging, drinking, gambling, breaking & entering.
It means quite possibly inside of three months he will be in county lock-up, waiting for trial, which will result in his being sentenced to hard time-again.
It means his children, in all likihood, for better or worse, will complete their ascent to adult-hood without him.
It means I have reason to believe that it was my brother who broke into my apartment. It means that I am very reluctant to contact the detective for an update. It means that I’m hoping that when I do, he tells me the prints weren’t viable enough to run or that they didn’t match any in the system.
It means my seldom voiced predictions for his fall off the wagon were right on.
It means that I'd been hoping otherwise.
Finally, it means my mother knew all this when she asked the question, understanding that, it means the call was to spill her sadness and my role was simply to sop up the mess.
photo: (younger) brother age 13 & his dog "Queenie"