Shut Up Tommy

Shut up Tommy.

I heard it some times.

I didn't know what was going on, but I remember it.

It was so many brothers and sisters saying it, almost in unison.

There must have been a reason.

Tommy could get worked up.

He was so big, he looked liked he could have swatted everyone in the room away with a single swipe.

He didn't.

A gentle giant.

What I heard more often was "hey Tommy."

Hey Tommy can you help with this.

Hey Tommy can you move this.

Hey Tommy can you do this.

I do remember Tommy's voice, but not from any of these requests.

He would just always do it.

Hey Tommy, thank you.