If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning then you already know that my sister moved to New Jersey shortly after getting married and having her first baby. At the time our family lived in south Florida and I was only 18. That was 37 years ago.
I have to say, my sister and I were very different growing up. I was a total girly-girl. I liked Barbie’s, makeup and dresses. My sister was a total tom-boy. She liked climbing trees, playing sports and … well … I don’t even know what else because we pretty much ignored each other most of the time.
I’m the blonde, she’s the brunette.
Even as adults we are pretty different. My sister loves cooking & camping and she still wears absolutely no makeup. I dislike cooking, much prefer a hotel and wouldn’t be caught dead in public without makeup.
You might be inclined to think that spending 30+ years living far apart combined with our rather different personalities might mean we don’t get along, or that we aren’t very close.
But despite those differences and the distance between us, we’ve always managed to get together at least one or two times a year (it definitely helped that our mom is a travel agent).
Then four years ago today my sister moved from New Jersey to Minnesota (her daughter moved here a month or two later as well).
I got to celebrate two things that year, my sister’s birthday and that we finally live within 10 miles of each other.
Now here it is four years later and I continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude at having my sister nearby. Although it no longer seems unbelievable that we can get together and do things on a whim, like go shopping or out to eat, I don’t take her for granted for one second.
My sister is always incredibly supportive of everything I do. She’s constantly up for pretty much anything I suggest. She even sat through an hour long bra fitting at Soma with me recently (and FYI, that was amazing and if you haven’t had an official bra fitting in a while I totally recommend Soma for that). I know that I can always call on her for anything at all and she will be there for me.
Lately we’ve been spending time planning our upcoming trip to Disney World. It’s not until October, but we love to plan, plan, plan. The planning is half the fun for us. This time it’s just the two of us going and we’re going to focus on trying some new restaurants like O’Hana (which we already have reserved) and we’ll be taking another tour, the Marceline to Magic Kingdom tour, which includes some ‘behind the scenes’ looks at a couple of classic attractions. We’ll also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of our first trip to a Disney park (yep, it was in 1969).
Why am I bringing all of this up today? Well, not only is today the four year anniversary of my sister’s move to Minnesota, it’s also her birthday. So I hope you will all join me in wishing her a happy birthday! And if any of you are lucky enough to have a sister, take just a moment today to appreciate her.