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National Siblings Day

Monday, April 16, 2018

For Week 2 of the Aspire & Inspire team BSG challenge we were asked to blog about National Sibling Day, which was on April 10th. It is a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters.
Do you have any siblings? Are you close to them? What are some favorite family memories you have with your brother(s) and/or sister(s)?

I have a younger sister, Suzanne, who is five and a half years younger than me. We aren’t as close as I’d like us to be, but I am happy to say we’ve talked and texted more often in the past two months than we have in three years prior to that! Our relationship is too complicated to try to explain in this blog, but I think the difference in our ages and our totally different personality types have been the biggest hindrances in our relationship. I think we’ve always been in different phases of our life - when she was born I was in kindergarten. I was in junior high during most of her grade school years and in college when she was in high school. As adults we finally had more similar live - both of us got married a couple years apart and we had children pretty close in age.

Our family of four did a lot of things together though, so I do have good memories growing up - playing board games, going on family vacations, doing crafts with our mom, and having special holiday traditions. Also, we’ve always been there for each other in times of tragedy, trouble or challenge - when my fiancé died, when she had a stillborn daughter, during her sons' and my son’s challenges, and most recently with my breast cancer diagnosis. We also have been working well together in making decisions about our mom’s health care (as we did when we put both of my parents in an assisted living/memory care residence and dealt with things after our dad passed away.)

I am very thankful to have a sister. I appreciate her and hope that we can keep on working on our relationship as we get into our golden years. I worry a bit that we won’t stay in contact as much after my mom dies, since we now live 1000 miles apart. But I am going to do my best to continue our relationship in the next phase. I am hoping that once she and my BIL retire and her sons are settled with their lives, they will be able to come down and visit.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of us that I found on the computer (from when I put together a slide show for our dad’s memorial.)
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  • _CYNDY55_
    emoticon Share! emoticon your pictures and blog emoticon
    275 days ago
    Thanks for sharing so many pictures with us. I really like the picture of the two of you with your dad near the bottom of your blog. You and your sister look a lot alike. You seem to have many happy memories growing up together. I know you've had a bit of a strained relationship with your sister but I'm glad that in the last few years you've started to try to get closer to each other. I'm glad your sister has been supportive of you while you're going through breast cancer. I hope the two of you will remain close and perhaps get closer once her sons are on their own and her and her husband retire. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    276 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing the pics and your life story
    276 days ago
    Very odd challenge. Loved the pictures. You look a lot alike. I hope you stay close.
    276 days ago
    Great pictures!
    277 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    emoticon for sharing your pictures. Looks like lots of happy memories. I am glad you are finally starting to get closer. emoticon
    277 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. It looks like you have so many happy memories. It sounds like you're about the same age apart as our two boys. They're close in many ways, but the five years between them did put them in different phases, and I didn't think about that until now. I'm happy that you're getting closer and have been able to work together through the years. I hope she'll be able to get out and see you. It's so nice to be able to connect a picture now with the name. You are both beautiful women.
    277 days ago
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