Today is my sister’s 50th birthday!
Here’s a few thoughts.
I can’t believe you’re 50!
Growing up, I couldn’t help but look up to you. You always protected me from the boys. I remember the first time I ever swore (I honestly didn’t know what it meant, I heard it from a lady on a train!), we were getting into the green truck, and you went in the house to tell mom (I hope you two were laughing about it – I was 6 after all!).
I remember a boyfriend bringing you flowers, and I was blown away. I thought you were so cool. Once a guy stayed over in the little bedroom (you were a bit older then!) and I remember his feet stinking up all of upstairs.
You moved to London and St. Thomas when I was about 8, and you were 18. Looking back I can’t believe how independent you were at such a young age. You really never looked back from that, living with us again when you were about 24 for a year. I loved being in your room watching Dynasty and Moonlighting. You taught me about make-up, (I swear I still have tweezers that I ‘borrowed’ from you when I was 14!) and some things about boys that I still wish I didn’t know!
I loved when you’d take me to the beach, and we’d buy fresh black cherries on the side of the road. I remember your orange Capri and your blue Escort – with a sunroof – you were just the coolest! The first time I ever drove a stick was on North Talbot and Cameron Side Road in the VW bug – I was only 15!
When you moved into the city, I loved to visit you – I won’t say in this post how old I was when you’d make me alcoholic beverages, but I remember Tia Maria and milk! I felt so grown up hanging around you and your apartment.
When you were promoted at your old job, what adventures we had then! Remember our driver in Jamaica ‘Geoffrey’ who had pull over and ‘wash his face’ every half hour! The food baskets (the bright little red balls are not berries, but caviar, ewww!), the complimentary champagne you received where ever we stayed – and the crab in our room! I was so lucky to have the chance to see so much of that country because of you. The rafting trip down the Rio Grande was awesome. I’ve never stayed in a place as nice as San Souci in Ocho Rios – I’ll never forget that!
Then there was Ireland. We are so lucky to have that week together! The endless cheese sandwiches, vegetable soups, pubs, pints, stressful driving, castles. The German! Is that Tom Foley’s Pub?! The Guinness in the airport during our flight delay! The painful refueling in Newfoundland! I remember being so annoyed with your constant picture taking, but now I’m so grateful – some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. What a trip! I still have the marked map that we followed that week.
A year later we went to England with mom. Again, an experience I will always remember and treasure! I’m so glad we did that all together. Once in a lifetime kind of thing. So nice being at Madeline’s and touring the city and country. Bath was the best. The day in Paris was so cool.
Remember the night before my wedding in Vegas at Harrah’s? Kim kept calling you by the wrong name! I’m so glad you came to Vegas and were there for my wedding.
You’ve married, had Myles, divorced and are now with Jim. Your life has improved exponentially, and I’m sometimes envious (in a good way!) of your weekly adventures to the wineries, markets, and fun events.
I’m so proud that you took that little idea we had at Mexican Village and have built a successful business. You’ve beaten the odds. Amazing really.
You’ve always be one of the kindest, most generous, hard working person I’ve ever known. If anyone asks me about you, I always say, “She’s the nicest person you’ll ever meet.” Through all these times you’ve had personal struggles, things going on that neither I, nor anyone can help you with, but I hope you know that I love you and will always be here for you in any way I can.
We should really make a better effort of seeing each other more and doing more together. I only have one sister!
I have a million little memories big and small of the time we’ve had together, and it’s shaped who I am. So cheers to another 50 years!
Happy birthday! Love,