Friday, March 09, 2007

The Women Who Have Shaped Me, Part II: The One Who Has Become My Friend

Dear Sister,

When I look at you now, at the woman you have and will continue to become, it's almost as if I'm seeing two things. First, I see history. I see the only person in the world that when someone says "where did you come from?" would give the same answer as me. I see the little girl who lived in the room next door, simultaneously complaining that I wouldn't let her borrow my things and that I talked in my sleep. Such a contradiction we once were. I see the girl that would watch horror movies in the middle of the night yet would make me kill the spiders. I see the girl that wore matching outfits with me, let me curl her hair and dug in the dirt with me, making "habitats" for our lady bug "farms." I see the girl that went through phases of sports, boys and eye makeup, and I watched, as you seemed so unafraid.

I often wondered if you were so unafraid because of how remarkably beautiful you are. You were cute, then pretty, then absolutely gorgeous. You never act like it, always giving credit to the clothes or the shoes, but it's you, sister. You are beautiful.

Second, I see you now. I see the wife you choose to be and the mother you are. You approach your life and your marriage in a way that compares you to women two and three times your age. You're both light-hearted and seriously dedicated. You seem to have found a balance that so very few ever do. It's so natural to you. Like the way you are with your son; when I watch you two together, it's like God is reminding me that yes, He knows exactly what He's doing. You are one of the best mothers I've ever seen. You are not lazy, you put in the effort. I hope you realize how valuable that is, not only to your family, but to everyone. The way you talk about raising your child in the best way possible and then, follow that talk with action, is truly special. I'm in awe of how simple that comes to you and yet, how little you might realize it's importance to the world.

I can't help but thinking as I see you living your life now, that I'm lucky. My childhood companion, confidant, enemy, co-conspirator, fellow fort builder and occasional fellow hair puller is now one of my very best friends. I've been able to know you through all this time, our lives together and now, as they've grown in so many other ways and I feel bad for all the other people that are just now getting to meet you. Yes, they can all say how wonderful you are and how much they like you, and they will be right. But they'll never know what I know. They'll never know the person you were and the way you've grown so perfectly and suitably into the woman you are. Most of all, when they talk about you, they'll never be able to say what I can: I've always known you're amazing.

I love you, sister. See you in a couple weeks!

Love,
Lu

P.S. Happy Birthday.
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This entry is part of Bre's idea to write about women who have shaped us for Women's History Month.

14 comments:

e.b. said...

So terribly sweet. Having sisters is really the greatest. I am certain this was hard to put into the proper words, but it was well done.

Joe said...

Yay Girl Power!

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters!

runliarun said...

I don't know your sister, but I know she is lucky to have you as a sister.

brandy said...

Nicely done! Reading that really made me wish that I had a sister.

Ruby said...

She sounds like a great sister and she's also lucky to have a sister who thinks so well of her!

justacoolcat said...

Very sweet and nicely written.

deepThoughts said...

Very nicely written. She sounds like such a great role model.

Josh said...

Wow. That is really nice, and, I am sure all very true.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That is so lovely. I am so grateful that I have sisters.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Sisters...they are such a wonderful thing! They are people that we can look at eye to eye, see as our equivalent and still put on a pedestal & look up to. I am so glad that you have a close relationship with yours too! I have a friend who hasn't spoken to her sister in over 20 yrs & it absolutely befundles me. I, like you, love, admire, adore & appreciate my sisters.

Sizzle said...

that was beautiful!

Nicole said...

Awesome post! Sisters are the best - I would never trade mine in and yours sounds just as wonderful

Bre said...

Woah. you read my mind, I just wrote about sisters too!

Lovely, as per usual! I'm just plain giddy that other folks are doing this!!

Danielle said...

I wish I had that kind of relationship with my sister. But we're far enough apart in age and different enough that I doubt we'll ever be close...I've tried...just never seems to work.