Friday, April 10, 2009

Lordy! Looks Who's 40!

A few weeks ago it was my mom's birthday and now it's my baby sister turning the big 4-0! In the picture below we are standing in the hole which leads to the septic tank. Every 2 years our dad would dig it out so the man could come empty it. We were not happy about the stink. Aren't we sad little ragamuffins?In my post about my mom, I described her as smart, organized, confident, and caring, as is my sister. She can thank a good gene pool for being smart, both our parents for being caring, mom for being organized and her confidence can most certainly be partially credited to years of torture at my hands, which she survived brilliantly.Like most little girls, we loved to play dress-up. We each had a big toy box full of cocktail and prom dresses, hats, jewelry, even super fancy slips! The whole neighborhood loved our dress up boxes.
As we got older and developed more individual interests, K was the athletic one, playing soccer and softball. We went through the teenage years as friends one day and throwing things the next.When I went away to college things changed because now I had a desirable place for her to stay on weekends and visit her boyfriend, who eventually became her husband. In the spring of 1993 I was living half way across the country. During a big crisis for me, K jumped on a plane to visit, even though she and D were in the middle of purchasing their first home. Yes, I was actually THAT TAN. I'm convinced that baking in those beds led to my cancer, but my doctor says I can't blame any one thing.
When I decided to leave Houston and return to New England, she generously offered her home as a place I could stay while job hunting. As a new mom of twins at the time, another person in the household wasn't easy, but we made it work until I had a job and was able to get my own apartment.Nowadays, as most of you know, my sister is my primary care giver. She takes me to appointments when I need a companion, which these days is all of them since I can't see to drive with cataracts. She runs a household of 3 kids with different activities, a husband who coaches soccer & softball, and travels on business, and an aging dog, all while working and doing the majority of the household chores. It's amazing what she gets done, but that skill she gets from our mom, not me. It is her ability to argue and get what is right for her that she can attribute to me, the person who once dumped spaghetti over her head at the dinner table. I knew there was a good reason for doing that!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Chidey!
(a foolish name I called her as children)

15 comments:

Coloradolady said...

Oh, Happy Birthday to your wonderful sister...I am sure she knows how lucky she is to have you, and what a special tribute to your sister on her special day!

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Birthday! You are lucky to have such a wonderful sister - what a nice tribute and I'm sure she appreciates you as much as it's apparent that you appreciate her! ~ Robyn

ClassyChassy said...

Great post today!

Ronda's Rants said...

She seems beautiful inside and out...as are you! I love the picture of the two of you when you were little and you are buttoning her sweater...priceless!
Have a beautiful birthday!
Happy Easter!

mannequin said...

Oh... what a beautiful tribute. Two sisters and one lifelong treasure.

Your parents certainly did a wonderful job raising two lovely daughters. Your sister must be quite a friend and I'm sure you are to her as well.

Very nice post Elizabeth, I just love coming over here :)

Smilingsal said...

You are so fortunate to have each other!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

What a great post, Elizabeth, and happy b-day K!!!!!!!! Man, you guys were so cute as kids. I had no clue you were a blonde! How did your hair get so dark?

Justine :O )

Jenny Girl said...

Hope she has a wonderful birthday! Beautiful post.

Mamaoftwins said...

Ahh so sweet! Tell your sis Happy Birthday from me :) I think its just awesome that you guys are so close. I really envy that since Im an only child. :)
Love the photos you shared!

Florida Sue said...

That was such a lovely tribute to your sister. The pictures are so sweet. Cute little septic tank troopers! I am an only child, and I so wish that I could have had the same wonderful sister ties that you have with "Chidey"

A hug to you Elizabeth...

kalea_kane said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet and wonderful sister! It was a pleasure reading all about you and her and what a bond you have. You are blessed. :)

Have a great day!

Helen said...

I am still here ~ and grateful you are too. Have a joyful Easter.

Diane said...

Hi Elizabeth!
Please wish your sister a very happy birthday. Your post was beautiful!

Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday..loved that first pic werent you two gorgeous kids despite the stink of the pit!! I am not far off 50 but still look and act like 25!! ha ha

Neabear said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your sister!! I enjoyed reading a little about your past. You two are so lucky to have each other!!