28 years ago today, Joshua Hoenke was born in Pittsburgh, PA to William and Mary Ann Hoenke. After living for three days, Joshua passed away in October 1983.
I never got to meet my brother Joshua, but his brief life has forever changed the way that I look at things and how I got about my life. He’s always in the back of my mind, constantly reminding me that life doesn’t always end up like how we plan it. However, it also taught me that in those moments of extreme sadness that there’s always a bright light.
In 1985, my family adopted Kyeong Suk Lee from Seoul, South Korea. Born March 2, 1985, Kyeong went on to be known as Brandon Robert Hoenke, my brother. Without Joshua, I don’t know if I’d have ever met Brandon and shared all the wonderful moments we’ve shared together.
Today, I take a moment to thank Joshua. I may never have met you, but I still love you brother.
I chose Brian Eno’s “2/2” as my song for Joshua today. I think he’d enjoy it.