Today, two of my sisters have birthdays. No, they’re not twins. They were born years apart. And I love them both. I do, however, need to give a special nod to my sister, Kathy, today. I was a real tomboy growing up. While my older sisters learned about clothes (and boys), I was busy playing neighborhood games with my little brothers.
Kathy is four years older than me. And because of that, she bore the brunt of babysitting duties once she was old enough. And I was the holy terror she had to watch. I don’t know why I didn’t like it, other than the fact that I probably thought I was old enough to babysit myself. I gave her a lot of grief during her tenure.
Once, I even threatened to run away. Got a brown paper bag out of the kitchen drawer and packed my clothes. And then, for some strange reason, I waited until Mom and Dad got home to inform them I was running away and it was all Kathy’s fault. 🙂
Dad took the thunder out of my sails by telling me to go ahead and run away if I wanted, but that I couldn’t run to Grandma’s house. Of course, that’s where I planned to “run” to. She only lived a short ways away. So, after some significant thought, I grabbed my brown paper bag and marched back up the stairs to the room I shared with my sisters.
Now, I’m sure Kathy and I had other fights. What sisters didn’t? We shared a room until she left for college. But all of that has faded as adult life has progressed. And I found, as I grew up, that my sister is really one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.
She has principles and she sticks by them.
She has this amazing ability to see all sides of a discussion and then pick out the important parts of it. I rely on her wisdom more than I think I’ve ever told her.
She has had some challenges tossed at her and met them each with grace and fortitude.
She loves unconditionally.
And I’m so grateful she is my sister. I don’t think I tell her that well enough or often enough. How about you? Do you have siblings? Do they rock your world like mine do my world? I hope so. It makes life so much easier when you have someone to rely on, to run ideas past, to rant about the world with.
Happy birthday, sisters!
posted by Laurie Ryan