August 3, 2018

“It’s a commonly expressed and rather nice, romantic notion that we are all “sisters” and “brothers.”

Let’s be real. Fact is, we might be better served to accept that we are all siblings.

Siblings fight, pull each other’s hair, steal stuff, and accuse each other indiscriminately.

But siblings also know the undeniable fact that they are the same blood, share the same origins, and are family.

Even when they hate each other.

And that tends to put all things in perspective.” 

Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Today my sister, Beth, would have been 63 years old.

Growing up, she was the first of the three of us to have a birthday. My-oh-my, we heard about her birthday from the first day of summer vacation.

We heard daily what gifts she wanted, what she wanted for her birthday supper, and what type of cake and ice cream she wanted for dessert.

No one on earth was ever more excited about their birthday than my sister. It annoyed me to NO end.

Now…remembering how much her simple joy irritated me makes me very aware of how many things I take for granted. Today, I’d give anything if she were here. I’d treasure every single minute, showering her with my undivided attention, ensuring she had her every wish fulfilled.

I miss her every single day–especially Sundays. After eleven years, I miss her now more than ever.

“The loss of her is already too much and then there’s the other thing – the end of being loved in the way only my sister could love me. What I feel for her survives and that hurts like battery acid every minute, but worse is that what she felt for me died with her. I will never be loved like that again.” 

Emily Maguire, An Isolated Incident

As we begin our weekend, remember many among us are grieving or worried. Take time to be a little more tolerant, dig deep for that extra bit of patience, and just be kind.

A friendly reminder–be kind to yourself as well.

None of us can know or understand what another person is going through. If you can’t be kind–God knows I’ve struggled with this lately–be silent and still.

I am…

B…simply being…  

God bless you and may He shower his grace upon us all.



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