Three Things I Learned From My Baby Sister...
Bearing in mind she's only been aware of our sister relationship for a little over a year, her gentle nature and openhearted sharing with me is amazing.
*Always remember to write thank you notes for gifts received
My baby sister never fails to send me a beautiful note card with a thank you hand-written inside, every time I send her a gift. People may send an e-mail or nothing at all, so her consistent, well-written gratitude is a breath of fresh air. It also points out my own lack of effort, because I call or send an email, but I'm out of the habit of writing thank you notes. I must begin, again...
*Share what you have with those that you love
After our mother passed, my newly-found sister asked me if there was anything I'd like from our mother's house. I mentioned several family heirlooms of sentimental value, not necessarily monetary in value. For Christmas this year, I received a huge box from her, full of treasures...
my grandmother's fur muff and hat, my great-grandparents' green wool plaid lap robe that they always wrapped around their legs in the horse-drawn cutter in cool weather, a tattered book of Bible stories with an inscription in the front from my mother to me...something I didn't even know existed. She also packed a lovely linen luncheon table cloth with matching napkins...a shower gift for my mother when she married my sister's father. As if that wasn't enough, I now have my christening gown and slip. I am overwhelmed. She has given me so much more than I even knew existed.
"How to appreciate the small things in life
My baby sister has a cat in residence with her, now!
The neighbours' cat has been a constant visitor to her home for a few years. When our mother was still living there, there was no possibility of the beautiful little cat coming in on a permanent basis.
"I don't want a cat in the house!" was our mother's firmly-spoken comment.
Now, the darling little thing lives with my sister full-time! Racing around the house and tearing across the living room furniture, it provides endless opportunities for my sister to laugh her brains out at the antics in the evenings. She loves the little one and it brings her such pleasure and joy...what a miracle that a little fur-ball can make a human being so content.
"If sisters were free to express how they really feel, parents would hear this:
'Give me all the attention and all the toys and send Rebecca to live with Grandma.'"