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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sis

We were born exactly one year and nine months apart to the same mother and father, although we don't look very much alike. When we were little girls, she had black hair and olive skin while I had blond hair and fair, freckled skin. She was always significantly taller than I was, but now I have a few inches on her. We shared the same small bedroom and full-sized bed for most of our school years, and even when we tried twin beds I usually ended up squeezing into hers before we finally shoved the two beds together. We have shared friends, favorite TV shows, favorite foods, and favorite songs, with a few exceptions. (Okay, when it came to NKOTB, she liked Donnie but I liked Joe.)



Let's face it, even sisters have different tastes, opinions, and personalities. We were a pretty good team, though, the two of us. When one of us was scared, the other was brave. I used to be terrified of having my teeth pulled, but she would coax me into the bathroom with a napkin in her hand and talk me into letting her do it. She has always been afraid of spiders, so it was my job to take care of them and hide the evidence. She didn't like sleeping by the window, but I didn't mind that much so it became my side of the bed. She was a leader and I was a follower, so for both of us you could say it was a match made in heaven. We did almost everything together. It's hard for me to imagine how her time was occupied for those 21 months before I came along! Our mom likes to tell the story about how she brought me home from the hospital and put me in my crib. A little while later she found Connie, who had climbed into the crib and was just sitting there, watching over me.



A sister relationship is a unique one. Although I know that not all sisters are extremely close, my sister and I were instant friends. Sure, we didn't always agree and sometimes we stepped on each other's toes, but we've always recognized that we have a strong bond. She is honestly the only person on the planet who can understand my history. She was there. She had the same school, the same home, the same family, the same parents who divorced in 1984. We shared in mostly the same joys and the same trials, even though we looked at them through different eyes (hers brown and mine green).



Now that we are all grown up, my sister is still my closest friend. Usually the same things make us giggle and the same things make us infuriated. She lets me love on her children and "mother" them in a way that most people might not understand. We've had separate struggles over the years, but we always find support and a listening ear in each other.

Happy, happy birthday to my sister and my friend through thick and thin!


(C & S 4/25/79)

16 comments:

Connie said...

This will always be my favorite birthday present. You can't top it EVER! I love you so much! Words can never express exactly what and how I feel about my precious sister and best friend. Thank you for allowing me to share such precious and priceless memories with you. I cannot imagine my life without you. Always, Your Big Sister

Life In Mazes said...

What a beautiful tribute to your sister!

Alicia said...

WoW! That was a real tearjerker, in a good way of course :) What a blessing!

twondra said...

Soooooo sweet. Thank you for sharing.

Happy birthday Connie!

prayerfuljourney said...

My sister and I look like opposites too. She has blonde hair and blue eyes..my hair is brown and I have brown eyes. She is seven years older than me so we were never close...she lives in TX now with her fam so we barely talk or see each other. For some reason, she maintains a distance from all of us. I still love her and will send an email or try to call but usually with no return response. My mom and her sister were close even though my aunt lived in Ireland. My aunt passed away about a year and a half ago. My mom misses her sister. Maybe someday my sister and I will be close but I'm not going to be surprised if that never happens. We never had a fight or anything..I just think her distance is something she's choosing. That's great that you are close to your sister!

Becky said...

Beautiful tribute to your sister, Stacey!

Happy Birthday Connie! I am so glad that Stacey has such a wonderful, loving sister and friend in you. I have just said a prayer for a joy-filled birthday and upcoming year for you.

Amy said...

This was a precious present for your sister, Stacey. I have never seen two sisters who look more different than you two, but the bond is obvious! Happy birthday, Connie!

Connie said...

Thank you so much Stace's blog friends. Thank you for your birthday wishes and for being so wonderfully supportive to my precious sister. It means so much to me and to her. Big hugs from Stace's sis! You guys are GREAT! :)

Andrea said...

I love this post! Happy birthday, Connie. :-) Y'all are lucky to have each other!

Abby said...

That's so sweet!!!

Sunny said...

That was such a sweet, tender post, Stacey. I always wished I had a sister that was "born" to me, but thankfully God gave me my BF who is 11yrs older than me and more of a big sister than I could ever have dreamed of.

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Connie!!!!

Stacey,
What a wonderful, thoughtful, loving person you are. You are so very blessed to have such a beautiful relationship with your sister. I can only pray that He will bring my sister's and I together again. I think that there is nothing more special than a sisterly bond.

How beautifully put together and so well said. God bless you and your beautiful sister, and may your love for one another grow daily.

Amy

Kathryn said...

What darling sisters. How wonderful to share such a special bond.

I appreciate you so much, & all your thoughtful posts, & have enjoyed following your blog. I've just tagged you at my blog for the "Attitude of Gratitude" award. http://kateekat.blogspot.com/

Marian said...

What a blessing to have a sister like that!! It's so good that you two are still as close~Happy birthday to her!

Joy said...

Oh this brought tears to my eyes! Happy birthday to your sister!!!

My little girls are 22 months apart and are so very close like you and Connie. I hope their bond strengthens over the years. Such a sweet post!

Jenn said...

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!