Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Look Up to Her

I have looked up to her my entire life.  At seven years older than I, she was (and still is) big stuff to me.  She earned the nickname Bird Legs for her long skinnies . . . tall legs to follow, and I have tried.


As the older, wiser one, I watched her do things first and wanted to be like her.  Yet, I was scared too.  Fearing being compared to her and falling short, I ran quick sprints while she ran the distance.  She did the high jump, so I jumped long.  She sings (beautifully); I play the piano.



We shared vacations, Christmases, handmade sweaters and dolls, bicycling accidents, homemade ice cream, Fox and Geese, and days at the beach.  We played with make up and hair.  She danced "The Monster Mash" and let me sleep with her favorite doll the night before my first day of kindergarten.  As we grew, I begged to wear her clothes, and she complained that I ruined them.  But she usually gave in.


And now we share more than memories.  We share details, frustrations, funny stories and our children.  We share our fears, our heartaches and our joys.  And clothes too.  No complaints!

She has my heart, my admiration and my fierce love.  And I know I have hers as well.

Happy birthday to my talented, intelligent, beautiful sis.  You're still livin' tall.


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24 comments:

Mesina said...

What a great post!! OH I love those pictures!!

Nothing replaces a Sister - they just have something special.

Thanks for stopping by my blog on my SITS day today!!!

Monica Fernaays said...

This is very nice ~ Happy Birthday to your sister! I do not have a sister, so I miss that bond sometimes, but than I think about how close my mom and I are and that helps! Thanks for posting, your sister will love this!

Rachel said...

There's nothing like the sister relationship!! What a special post, and happy birthday to your sister!! =)

the shoafs said...

what a great birthday tribute! love the pictures. my sister and i are only 2 years apart, but we were never close. she's moved back to the hometown and we're starting to forge a relationship now. i hate all the missed time, but it's better late than never. i love love love to read about wonderful sister relationships! happy birthday to "bird legs"!!

Maureen @ TatterScoops said...

Such a beautiful post! Sure makes me wish I have a sister.

emily wierenga said...

beautiful words, beautiful photos. what a tribute!

This Daddy said...

That is a sweet post about the relationship between you and your sister. Happy Birthday to her and I hope my children share great stories like that when they get older.

partialemptynester said...

LOVE this post!!!!! I have a sister seven years older than me, too, love the pictures!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a sweet and loving tribute to your sister! I love the pic of you two in your prairie dresses and bonnets. :-)

Missie said...

Happy Birthday to your sis! She is lucky to have a sis like you!

openid said...

Aren't sisters the best? I have two that I love dearly....that was a very nice tribute to your sis on her birthday!

Maggie S said...

That first pic looks like an 89er day costume. Is it? I mean, there is no way.

Beautiful tribute, blessing for your sis.

Happy Birthday!!

e-Mom said...

Happy b.d. Big Sis! (I always wanted an older sister.) ღ

Claudia said...

Such a beautiful post - it's great to have a friend like this!

Claudia said...

...just realized - it's not your friend but your sister...that's even better. My girls are 19 and 15 and they LOVE each other. Maybe they will one day write a post like yours

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

I love this post! You just reminded me of the fact that I have never blogged about my amazing sisters! I really need to do that! Thanks for the inspiration!
Courtney
http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

Oh I love it - what a beautiful post to honor your sister! I have ALWAYS wanted a sister for every reason you listed here. How blessed you are to have one!

Beautifully written!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire
http://www.mommyonfire.com

Dorkys Ramos said...

What a sweet post! Happy birthday to her!

Karen said...

Beautiful tribute to your sis...

Manda said...

How precious of a post is this... Gotta adore that sisterly love.

S.I.F. said...

I always wanted a sister growing up... I love this! And happy birthday to your sister!

bluecottonmemory said...

Oh, your post made me weepy it was so sweet! My oldest son's birthday is today - and his next brother is 6 years younger! You wouldn't think it, but the youngest would always steal his brothers clothes, mess with his Legos - and he just wanted to always be where he was and do whatever he was doing! The younger is trying to forge his own trail, his own path and become his own self - and sometimes that has meant making opposite choices just to be different. Did you ever struggle like that - or is it just a boy thing?

What a beautiful tribute to your sister, though! I love the "girl" language, so missing at my house:)

hotpants™ said...

What a wonderful post.

I'm stopping by from SITS to say hello.

Sheri said...

That's just beautiful!

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