As I have reflected on what I am grateful for, it has struck me how often it is WHO I am grateful for, not what! (or "for whom", I suppose I should say--ha! I'm such a nerd.) I'm planning to start including at least once a week in my gratitude posts, a person whom I am greatly blessed to have in my life.
Today it's one of my amazing sisters-- Becky, who has her very own blog here.
Becky and me in front of the Mesa Temple, 1980
I wrote a poem for Becky for Christmas 2004. When I read it again this week, it made me cry because it is only truer now than it was then.
We two young trees grew together in a grove,
Our roots so entwined
Our trunks looked as one
Which memories are mine?
Which influences only hers?
She is wise yet harmless,
Her soul without guile--
A peaceable follower of Christ
Bearing the fruits of the Spirit.
She changes the world,
this sister of mine,
the world of each person in the shade of her love.
And I, blessed for having shared that shade
Nearly all of my days.
Becky is 20 months younger than I am. I'm afraid that I often took her for granted during our growing-up years, although at the same time we were the closest of friends. We played pretend together, created our own worlds of imaginative adventures, had "pillow parties" and crocheted together. We knew all the same songs, and could quote all the same movies. We loved being silly together. I have so many awesome funny memories of when we were in seminary together and sharing a room in PA. (Did I ever mention the time when I woke her up in the morning for seminary, and she was still on her knees from praying the night before?! Or when I heard a scream from her bedroom and went in to find her on the floor because she had put on her backpack and fallen over backwards?)
Now that we are grown-and-married Mommies, I hope I don't take the precious love of this sister for granted any more. She has provided unconditional love and comic relief and wise counsel and sweet comfort all my life, even more so during the past year and a half.
I am so grateful for you, my beloved Becky! Thank you for shading me in so many ways and at so many times! I am so blessed to be your sister.