Dear Gorilla #1, I miss you. Love, Gorilla #2
When we were in elementary school they told my parents they were worried I wouldn’t make any friends because I spent every recess in the library looking for my sister, who spent every recess in the library, reading. I made friends and my sister is now a children’s librarian, so I guess things do work out sometimes.
Today is her birthday and in the next few days are the birthdays of her son and daughter. They share a week. Three of the most spectacular humans I have ever been fortunate enough to meet, let alone share some bits of genetic code with. I have always looked up to my sister, and motherhood is no exception. I hope one day I am able to have children of my own, and I know that if I am even half the mother she is, I will be doing alright.
My sister has always been my closest confidant and the one person I can turn to for absolutely anything. As kids we used to fight like cats and dogs, but at the end of the day, tucked into our bunk-beds, we would whisper for hours - telling stories, sharing secrets, giggling.
Happiest of Birthdays Bean! I am the luckiest little sister in all the land. I love & miss you mucho mucho.
when we were little, my sister & i used to play “library” with the shelves of books in our room. we cut up scrap paper to make little cards for each book and we stamped them with our collection of animal rubber stamps. my dad had a date stamp like the ones above, and sometimes he would let us use that one too. it was fun to roll the little rings of rubber around and around matching up the date.
so my sister just called me to talk to me about some health stuff and then we just kept talking and we were on the phone for over 40 minutes before her husband asked, “why don’t you just go over there?”
she lives next door.