Tuesday, August 28, 2007

it's august 28th

to my sister, Karen

Karen, I want to wish you a very happy birthday. I hope your day is filled with happiness and love. I wish I could be with you to help you celebrate.

As I woke up this morning and realized it was your birthday, I thought about trying to hop on a plane and surprise you by showing up on your doorstep or at work. Of course, I can't do this, but, boy, would I love to. I miss you a lot. I would love to be able to spend the day with you. Is my memory correct, was the last time we were together two years ago? When I came and stayed the week with you? It can't be that long ago, could it?
No wonder I miss you.

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me. ~Mary Montagu

I think most sister relationships are special. I know mine is. Even though we were fairly close as children, I think we're even closer as adults. It doesn't matter how much time has passed between our visits or phone calls. When we come together, it doesn't feel like any time has passed.

My sister would tell you that she always looked up to me and wanted to be more like her big sister. As we grew into adults, it was I that looked up to her and saw characterstics that I wanted more for my life. She is so smart and articulate. She has such a heart for diversity. She also has a heart for the elderly and is a wonderful companion to those whose health is failing. She's a wonderful mother, not to mention, wife, daughter, granddaughter, and, of course, sister.

Thank you, Karen, for being my sister.
I love you and hope you have a great day!


Lori said...

Happy Birthday to your sister Karen.

Nice tribute to her.

Kelli said...

Happy Birthday, Karen!!
Such a lovely post about your special sister, Diana!

Penless Thoughts said...

Wonderful tribute to your sister.

Short Stop said...

I'm sure your sister loved this post. I love the quote from Mary Montagu. That's how I feel about my sister...no matter what's going on in my life, if I talk to her, I will always be comforted!

Happy Birthday to your sister!!

barb said...

what a sweet message to and about Karen and sisters. Made me tear up!

I talked to her this afternoon, to wish her a happy birthday.

i envy you two having a sister -- and a brother.

Lynne said...

Happy Birthday Karen!
A lovely tribute to your sister. I've been blessed with three and we are very close. They are my best friends.

Karen said...

From the birthday girl to her big sister (and thank you to all her friends who are so dear to wish me, a stranger, a happy birthday!)

I had a terrific celebration of my birthday today and nothing could be more special than the icing on the cake of my sister's blog. She is right--no matter how much time passes, when we are together it's as if we were never apart. We have a very dear bond that is eternal. Yes, I always wanted to be like her when I was growing up--pretty, talented, playful, sensitive, loving (among countless things). My favorite thing to do was to smell her school sweater that was left hanging around (when she wasn't looking!). I would sink my face into it and all the comfort of everything I loved about my sister would rush over me and I knew everything would be alright.

I chased the elusive dream of wanting to be like her until recently when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I now see my sister's reflection. I smile back and even see her smile at me . . . and I think, "finally, I am like my sister!" The smell of her sweater is in my memory and all is right.

To my sister and kindred spirit--I love you dearly, I treasure you, admire you, and will always look up to you!

Your sister,

diana said...

thank you karen. you made me cry. and you make me a better person.

Just Mom said...

I love the bond the two of you share.

A belated Happy Birthday to Karen.

Amber said...

Happy Belated Birthday Karen!!!

You both are blessed to have such a wonderful relationship!!!

God Bless,