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An open letter to my brother

Dear Nick,

It's nearly midnight on New Year's Day and I'm sitting here struggling to get the picture that this is really happening. While most people are excited about the New Year and the resolutions they hope to achieve. I am trying to understand what this year will be like without you.

Throughout our childhood, we faced everything together. We shared a room together (good ol’ bunk bed). We formed some of the same friendships (even when I didn't want you to be friends with my friends). We took baths together. We grew a successful company together. We hated each other. We loved each other.

We share the same memories. We tell the same stories. We’ve gone through our ups and our downs, but I never once thought we would ever stop being best buds.

You've always been the one who could make me laugh when I was feeling frustrated or stressed out. You've always been there for me when I needed a hand (even when it wasn't convenient for you).

​I hope as your older brother you feel that I've been a role model for you, because you've taught me a lot too.

Something that I've admired about you is your gift to make people laugh (and not just a little laugh)...I’m talking about those profound belly laughs. The vocal impressions you can make are priceless. I will miss hearing those on a regular basis.

The entire family is so impressed with how much you've grown in the last few years. You were such a shy kid and mom and dad worried about you. Then you found the stage and a microphone and I guess the rest is history. You have such talent and charm that people (especially the ladies) gravitate towards. There is no doubt in my mind that you will rock it in Pennsylvania at Sight & Sound Theatres and succeed at performing in front of thousands of people. The Lord has blessed you with many talents and I pray that you make the most of them.

Lastly, thank you for being a courageous example of what it looks like to follow the dreams of your heart. Thank you for reminding me of the futility of fear. Thank you for reminding me to never take for granted the time we have with someone we love and care about.

This year is going to be weird. In fact, I'm terrified just thinking about it. I don’t know what to expect without you here. I don’t know who I will annoy when I’m bored. I don’t know who will make me laugh as hard as you can. I don’t know if I’m ready to accept that this is how things will be from now on.

Nick, I don’t think I will ever be able to express how much I love you. How truly proud I am of you. How much I will miss you. And though you are moving across the country, you will continue to be my brother and best friend.

Enjoy your year and come home soon.

I love you.

Zach

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Back in 2016, Nick Haney was accepted to the Sight & Sound Conservatory in Pennsylvania. He is one of twelve students in America to be accepted to the 2017 class. During the year, Nick will perform over three-hundred times on stage in front of a live audience.

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