Robin Auwerda’s “Broer” Visits Long Beach
When you live in a world far away from the ones you grew up with, it is a great experience when they come and visit you!
My brother Martijn recently visited us. Martijn is 3 years younger than I, has a job, he lives mostly independent, is mentally handicapped, and he is a painting artist, he plays more sports than I ever will (tennis, he even has some gold medals from the Special Olympics, horseback riding, and skiing), Martijn is Autistic, he is my hero, and he wanted to come to California and visit my wife and I all by himself on the plane and so he did!
He visited my wife and I for two weeks in our home in Long Beach. What a treat to spend time with him. We were fortunate enough to be gifted tickets upon Martijn’s arrival by one of my friendly clients who knew Martijn was going to be in town and who happens to work at The Magic Kingdom! So we spent a day at Disney taking in all the fun!
Since Martijn likes video and photography, we documented a lot of our trips.
We enjoyed the little things that make being together special. He was intrigued by the pelicans when we visited the Queen Mary. Trying to get as close as possible to get a great photo taken.
When we visited White Point – Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, It reminded him of the time he visited the Central Coast of California. Tidal pools, little crabs, lots of sea birds and
awesome views of Catalina Island.
Of course he wanted to visit the Red Leprechaun Pub when the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were going on. He loved the Irish dancers, amazing what a work-out that is!
The First Ever Long Beach St. Patrick’s Parade was fun also. Martijn took a lot of photos and loved the green popsicles tossed into the crowd by Marko’s Treats. Shhhhh, his brother the 562HomeGuy sponsored Marko and the Ice Cream.