Yesterday was my sister’s 50th birthday. I think she might be mortified about the attention- regardless, my list this week is completely focused around my sister. These are things in my life for which I am deeply grateful and are directly due to my sister or her influence.
1. My Nephews
I have three amazing nephews. Christopher (30) is the oldest, then Matthew (21), and the baby Jon (20). Even though they are brothers, they couldn’t be more different. And yet, each one is funny and totally charming in his own unique way. One of my favorite things in life is just hearing about all their shenanigans. Not spending more time with them is one of the worst parts of living so far away.
2. Love of Books
My sister got me my first library card and used to take me to the library where we would pick out books together. She would let me get one book I wanted (i.e. crappy book) and she’d pick out one. Her picks included “Winnie the Pooh” and “20,000 Leagues under the Sea.” This is how I developed a love for reading and learning. Throughout our relationship, my sister and I have always shared a love for reading and constantly discuss what we are reading. She consistently has a great book recommendation. Her recommendations are not just books she loved, but ones that she knows I specifically will love. She’s better than Amazon!
3. Hot Rollers
I know this one sound silly. But as far as girly stuff goes, I am completely lost. My sister used to do her hair with hot rollers and taught me how to use them in like middle school. They are still my go-to for when I need “fancy” hair. I feel like this is the one solid girly skill I have.
Both my mom and my sister taught me to can. There are a lot of reasons I love to can. First, I like knowing how my food is created and also being connected to the process. Additionally, I sometimes have surplus fruits and vegetables from the garden that I like to preserve. Obviously, not everything I eat is home-made; I have a full time job. But I like having some really special jars of food that I can break out for notable occasions and share. Or open a jar of tomatoes in January and remember what they tasted like in August.
5. Appreciation for Arts and Crafts
When I was like 8, my sister bought me a Crayola desk set. It was my favorite toy ever. Not only did it have tons of crayons and markers, but also a little storage bin to keep paper and exact places for everything. Not only did this completely satisfy my OCD, I remember being really excited about creating. Today I’m not an creative person, but it is something in which I enjoy dabbling.
My sister is an amazing artist. She is always creating something and it is always beautiful. And meticulously done! Seriously even the backside of her needlepoint work is beautiful. Even though she is so gifted and could easily do a better job, she gets genuinely excited to talk about other people’s projects.
Note: If it were “Six Points,” I would throw in blogging. This whole thing was her under her influence!