- The one time we got in a water balloon fight but it escalated to pulling the water hose from outside through the bathroom window to thoroughly soaking whoever it was on the other end, INSIDE THE HOUSE- I don't remember getting in trouble for that).
- When Ty and Chad were fighting at the top of the basement steps and Daryl ran from the basement up the stairs and tossed the boys in opposite directions to break them apart as if they were dirty laundry **he was a strong dude
- Do you remember when stupid kids made each other pass out by pressing one another against a wall cut circulation off to their brains? Here's an example of a Youtube clip if you need a better idea of how dumb we were...Yeah, we did that (Ty refused, you'll understand why he refused when you learn more about him below), I went first and passed out without much of a production. When it was Chad's turn, he passed out and had somewhat of a seizure, we all freaked out but then he got up and started laughing and we never did it again and learned our lesson (Ty actually got mad at us for that one- Ty only got mad a few times our whole lives (or showed it anyway)).
- When Ty and Chad were fighting and Ty almost cut his arm off going through the window on the back door
- When we would sit around the dining room table chain smoking cigarettes watching Ty light stuff on fire (the cleaning lady would yell at them for almost burning down the house). 1) why didn't we get in trouble for burning stuff 2) why didn't we get in trouble for smoking?
So you get the point, while they were so very different, they loved each other so very much. Ty was Chad's biggest cheerleader. If no one believed in Chad, Ty always did. Chad was always intrigued by and proud of Ty. When we were young adults and Ty was struggling with sharing some important things with me, Chad called me up. He told me all about it because he knew his brother was afraid and he was his brother's keeper. Chad broke Ty's important news to me because he knew he needed to do it for his brother when his brother needed it the most.
Chad passed from Ty and the rest of his friends and family last Friday. My heart breaks for Ty and Daryl, and the rest of their family and friends. While it has been a few years since I've talked to Chad, he was a big part of my childhood and I'll miss him. I am thankful for his friendship and I am thankful for the role he played in the molding of one of my lifelong friends.
Dear Chad, I wish we would have known your time was borrowed. Look over your brother like you always have.