Brad Lane...Gone, but not Forgotten
family in 1986 while a pregnant Robbie’s loyal sidekick and trusted friend. I remember my first introduction to this crew was a framed family picture that Robbie proudly had on display in her dorm room. This treasure had the Lane kids sitting stacked one after another up a playground slide with heads peaking out either side. The parents sat proudly at the top of their brood. Robbie would recite their names to me and point out their individual differences and similarities. I was intrigued by these smiling toe heads from the get go and before I had even met them. The Lane clan was a cross between the “Brady Bunch” and “Eight is Enough” (but with nine kids instead of eight). And Brad was the fun loving brother. He was always the one to get the first laugh and a charmer with his boyish grin. He had a sense of genuineness to him that made you instantly feel at ease. I personally experienced this unconditional acceptance as he immediately received me as “one of them”. I felt like a Lane girl from day one. For Brad, being Lane and being Otis (Brad’s family nickname) meant acceptance and putting others before himself. Brad never knew a stranger.
|Brad and I with Jason and Jennifer...visiting my Aunt Joan & friends :)|
|The Lane Clan...sometime in the 80's|