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Monday, November 26, 2012

gratitude: my sister

Where to even start with how grateful I am for my sister Libby?  I could probably write a book about how much she means to me, but for the sake of your attention spans, I will keep this more concise. 

My sister and I get along as well as you could expect of two extremely strong-willed sisters.  Libby has been a rock to me for the past twenty-four years.  When life is crappy, I know I can always depend on my sister to be there for me.  We understand each other without needing to be exactly the same.  I can laugh harder and easier with her than almost anyone else.  We've worked our way through jealousies, arguments, times of limited communication, and being hormonal teenagers.   

I admire so much in my sister Libby.  I respect her passion for her work and her zest for life.  I am so inspired by her generosity with her time, skills, and resources.  I love her eye for style and design.  I appreciate our shared love of cheesy music and movies.  I couldn't live without her honesty, her compassion, her sassiness, or her dog Dory.

My sister also has the unique talent for giving me much needed wake up calls from time to time.  I remember one particularly difficult phone conversation when she asked me what had happened to her strong sister.  She's also been one of my biggest fans and supporters.  This weekend, she told me how proud she was of me and how she admired me for pursuing my passions and living out my values. It reminds me of one of my favorite sections of How to Be a Woman:  

The people around you are mirrors...You see yourself reflected in their eyes.  If the mirror is true, and smooth, you see your true self.  That's how you learn who you are.  And you might be a different person to different people, but it's all feedback that you need, in order to know yourself.  

She is a true mirror, I think.  I should look into her more often.  I can see myself there.  I can see my good points and my bad points -- but I recognize that face.  -- How to Be a Woman (150,153)

I couldn't have asked for a better sister in Libby.  I'm so grateful for our relationship and our renewed dedication to keeping up our relationship.  

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