Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My sister....

I have a sister.  A woman eight years older than me (I like to point this out whenever possible.) whose job is so very important.  She deals daily with life and hope and even death.  I find her beyond courageous, generous and giving.  She is about to embark on a trip to a third world country to improve medical care for thousands of women.  In many ways, she is my hero.

It hasn't always been this way.  However, up until I reached puberty, as seems to be when everything turned topsy-turvy for me anyway, I idolized her.  She was the most popular girl in her high school.  Everyone wanted to be her friend, and I found this simply wonderful.  Obviously she was smart and she was an extrememly gifted athlete.  All of this in one person was amazing and I wanted to be just like her.  

I could go on and on about why this didn't happen and blame moving around from place to place, but in reality, it just wasn't meant to be.  I really don't know why I didn't turn out like her, and throughout the years, not being like her meant I was a failure.  

I wonder sometimes if this is why we have had some tumultous moments in our relationship.  She is opinionated and very strong in her beliefs.  But I know without a shadow of a doubt there is not one single thing she wouldn't do for me, my family and her own family.  She parents her daughters with the power of a mother bear.  And this is what works for her.  I love her but I am not her.  I am ok with that because truly, the world only has room for her.  She is simply that wonderful.

And on another note....
I dare you not to giggle!



Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and insightful tribute to Meg. It is great to have a sister you can trust and depend on. Whatever the journey to arrive at this spot, it is good and looks good for the future for you, Meg and the young cousins.

Now..we did not giggle at this picture, we hooted! This may well
be the funniest picture I have ever seen. Something about the smile on James' face says it all!
Love it!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Great writing. You are such a creative writer. Your sister is indeed lucky to have you as a sister, anybody would beu. Way to go!!!!

Anonymous said...

Really a post. We all tend to go through our lives not really taking time to tell the people, who mean the most to us, how special they are.

As far as the picture---it is AWESOME! you will be able to pull this out and show James' 1st date how cute he was! And Lilly, always a doll.