I can't believe it's been 10 years...

I know posts from a lot of Brad's friends have been few and far between on here, but I assure you not a day goes by that we don't all think about him. We even pay tribute to him at my work: Brad made such an impact on me and my friends that I don't think I could forget him even if I tried. Unfortunately I don't have anything funny to share this time around. Something Chad said on FB really resonated with me. It's when I think about all the events of the past 10 years, the absence of Brad's perspective/wit/insight, to me, is one of the most tragic.

Hi friend

So I spent most of tonight taking notes on what I think I'll have the courage to speak on here. Brad and I were good friends for many years. He treated my little sister like his sister he treated me like family. I love him very much. After a decade I finally feel like I can come on here and share some stories and some insights. I know there are many people out here that know him far better than I did. But there were several years where he happened to live closer to me than he did to you all. I am doing this all talks to text because I have 2nd degree burns on my right hand which is what I write with. And it makes it very hard. I want to thank Kris for getting me on the site again. Where do I start?

Happy Birthday

I just wanted to tell you how much I wish you were here to celebrate your birthday. Not much is put up on this website anymore but you are still thought of and missed. Happy Birthday my Dear Son.
Love Mom

Just Hi.

Hi Brad, 

I was thinking about you a lot for some reason.  Maybe it's the recent Dia de los Muertos, or your upcoming birthday.  But whyever the reason - "Hi."

Wish you were in in person, but I know you're with me in other ways. 

Luv ya, 



Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Brad

I wish I could say it to you, living your life, with it being a real wish to you. I was awake at 2:28 a.m. remembering, missing you, as I do, we all do, every second. 

I found a vegan stuffed turkey roll-you would have been happy. 

That Thanksgiving/birthday dinner at South City diner with you and Emily still makes me smile and grin when I think of embarrassing you-no easy task!

I love you, I like you, i MISS you but I know for me, you are still with us, as we go about life. In our hearts and minds doing it with us, and I am confident it is true for all of us-family, friends, those you care about and who care about you. We keep going, as we must, but it's harder and there is less joy. 


Great Uncle Brad

Well Congratulations Brad! You are a Great Uncle! Your great niece Gracie Lucinda Schulz was born on August 28th at 10:43 pm. She weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and was 19 1/2 " long. Amy was amazing through the whole thing and Jeremy was absolutely wonderful. I got to be there to watch them fall head over heels in love with her and it was the best day ever. 

I am pretty sure you already know all of this but I was excited to tell you. 

Love your sister, now a Grandma! I can hear you laughing already. 

heh heh heh

Don't you miss his chuckle? Heh Heh Heh


What can I even say? 7 years? Ouch. There is so much going on that you are missing. I miss you and I miss being able to tell you everything.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Brad. Of course that's surely ridiculous, to wish you a Happy Birthday, but how can I not? I still wish that for you. I still wish you were here in your solid human form.
Grieving stages be damned. There's still a part of me that believes its not true. That you will be here with a "Hey it's me" sometime. It's OK with me if I never really pass that. In the meantime, out into the universe - Happy Birthday Brad.
I Love You and I Like You

His name is Jason

Hey Brother.
Tomorrow is your birthday and it still breaks my heart that you are not here so I can call you old and give you a hard time.
The Manna family lost someone very special, his name is Jason. He is a Dad, a son, a brother, an Uncle, a dear friend, a cousin, and more.
He was loved by so many people and now so many people are broken. Maybe you and him will meet and you will see why he touched everyone he met.
Hmmm, sounds familiar huh? This has created a new deep wound for us and reminded us of our unhealed wound. I miss you little big brother, still more than any words can describe.
Keep an eye out for Jason. Shake his hand and say hello. I think you two have a whole lot in common.
I love you Brad.

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