It is that time of year where I reflect more on when my twin Stephen passed over. We had a good run together of 25+ years. I find it hard to believe that almost 12 years ago there was that dramatic change to our relationship. Running With Vince and the follow up books, Swimming With Angels and Standing With God, were influenced by our unique relationship. Vincent embodies many of Stephen's traits and flair.
Occasionally, I think about writing another book in the series just so that I can hear his voice racing through my head. I wonder if there is more to tell, more that he wants to share with the world. As I wait for potentially new ideas or stories to tell that focus on Christian and Vincent, I am doing something different this year for my twin's anniversary.
I have traveled quite a bit since moving to Italy and have ample options for the Easter break. Yet, for the last six weeks I have been pulled to Manchester, England. With some research on the nearby waterfront communities, I found Southport. A quaint retreat community away from the hustle of Liverpool and Manchester, it reminds me already of several New England coastal communities.
Familiarity aside, I know it's where I need to visit. Aside from a walk along the metal pier, there is a spot, a wink if you will from Stephen. Did you know that the Vincent Hotel is located in Southport? Fittingly, I'm heading that way for the 12 year anniversary. I plan to toast to Stephen at the Vincent Hotel bar. While I don't expect him to reappear with the tip of my glass, I do know he'll be close by probably whispering something about Vince and Christian heading to the UK.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to a shared moment with my twin. From a writer's perspective, there could be far worse things to experience over the Easter Holiday. This will be far from that, but instead a perfect bookmark to the story I continue to live and cherish.
May this Easter season treat you and your families well. Remember that even with loss, there can be much happiness and fulfillment looking for those winks from those we love.