April 09, 2009

Easter Thursday And A Birthday.

Today is Easter Thursday, also called Holy Thursday.

Coincidentally, today is also my little sisters birthday.

My sister used to be my best friend, my confidant and my true partner in crime. As children, we behaved the way sisters do. We played a lot and we fought a lot, usually over truly insignificant things, which however seemed so very important to us at the time.

Growing older, a fervent bond developed between us, as a result of our family's emigration to the west. We became best buddies, sharing secrets and confiding in each other with our troubles, relying on and finding strength in one another, when the rest of the world seemed alien and hostile. I recall as if it was yesterday, when upon our return from school each day, we would be sitting in the kitchen or in one of our rooms, having a snack, talking the afternoons away. Funny, I never realized then how precious those few hours would once become and how I would miss them.

But time waits for no one and one day, I left my sister behind when I moved thousands of miles across the ocean, to another continent. After that, our lives took us in different directions and as adults we were never to live in the same country again.
Sometimes I wonder what happened to the wide eyed, cute, sensitive little girl that I so instinctively tried to protect at all times. Whose hand I automatically reached for (and did so until our late teens to her aggravation) as soon as we were crossing a road. The one who used to come to me for help with her homework, who used to look up to me and who used to ask me for advice. She is no longer there. Instead I see an independent, strong, capable woman, loving wife and a devoted mother.

Today is a very significant birthday for her, as it is the last one in a given decade. It is indeed strange to part with that one number, almost a familiar friend, that has been around for 10 years. For a brief - and not so brief - moment, it can evoke feelings of bittersweet melancholy over getting older.

But then we drink some cheap Champagne, shed a tear and smile a smile, while we say good bye to the decade that treated us well. And then finally we conclude the one and only truth; that age is after all only a number.

Therefore my little sister, I promise you, it is a piece of cake. Enjoy your last "you know what" something and believe me when I say;
'The best is yet to come'.
Congratulations!

18 comments:

A Woman Of No Importance said...

What gorgeous girls you both are, Z - You have described the loving bond that all sisters should share - Blessings to you both, and fond wishes for a lovely Easter weekend x

steviewren said...

Happy Birthday sis! I hope you both get to see one another regularly even though you no longer live in the same place.

One of my sons celebrated a birthday on Tuesday. More than once during the day, I thought back to that same day 33 years ago. I still remember the whole day. His birth day.

sallymandy said...

Oh, dear. Your post almost made me cry, it's so tender and sweet. Life is long and I hope that one day you live closer to your sister. I have found a new closeness with mine as we both approach the end of another decade. She'll be there this year. We spent many years in not very close contact with each other, but have found ourselves closer now.

Lovely post, Z, and beautiful photo.

Gal Friday said...

What a beautiful tribute to your sister and also your relationship with her.
While my sister and I are complete opposites and often at odds with each other, we always turn to each other whenever one of us is ging through a rough patch.
The sister(or brother)bond is a connection that cannot be broken, even by borders and years.
It was my baby brother's birthday yesterday and he also turned 40. Ahhh..to be 40 again..! ;-)

♥ fashion chalet said...

It's so nice to see a close-knit family. My younger brother and I are the same way. :]

Happy Easter!!

Thank you so much for your wonderfully, flattering comments. They always make my day. It's funny how you said I probably am used to palm trees, you're right. After living in Florida all 26 years of my life, I'm kind of bored of it. haha. But i would miss the beaches, if I ever decided to move...

xx

Shelly's Style Shop said...

Happy Easter and a Happy Birthday to your sister! ;-) What a wonderful story about you and your sister. It reminds me of me and my sister. I am the oldest and I only have one sister.

You and your sister are both very beautiful!
xoxo, Shelly

Betsy said...

Gorgeous sisters! Happy day to her!

Mahmud Yussop said...

I'm touched by the wonderful story you weave here on sisterly love. I have seven sisters of which six are married and all having children.I sometimes feel now (as age cathces up) that I often miss them when we don't get to meet each other regularly. Anyway, we're now on a project to construct our family tree. Hopefully with this project we'll get to see each other more often.
N.B. The widget looks cool. I'd might get it later :)

Beep said...

A very happy birthday to your sis and a Happy Easter to all :)

Protege said...

=Fhina,
thnak you so much for those kind words.;)
Yes, we were very close once, and try to stay in touch now. I miss her very much and my niece and nephew as well.;)
Hope your Easter is lovely.;))

=steviewren,
belated congratulations to your son! I think I understand how you must feel; thinking back at his birth day, which feels probably like yesterday, must be touching. Time is strange this way, it's relativity leaves me in awe constantly.
Thank you for your lovely wishes; have a great Easter.;)

=sallymandy,
thank you so much for such a heartfelt comment.
I think I can relate to what you mean about you and you sister; sometimes we go through different things in life and can become alienated from our family and loved ones. I am glad you found a way back, as then there are no regrets.
Than you so much again, have a lovely Easter.;)

=Tina,
we too are completely opposite with my sister. Maybe that is why we can get along, sometimes when people are too similar they can get on each other nerves.;))
How fun that you have a brother as well; I always wanted to have one.;)) Happy belated birthday to him.;))
Thank you for your always wonderful comments - hope you will be having a tranquil Good Friday.;)

=Erika,
yes, we are very close with my sister.
I bet your brother was very protective of you.;))
I envy you your location. When I lived in the US, I traveled all around the country. And I always concluded the I would love to live where you do.;))
Palm trees, beaches, hot and humid climate; simply my kind of place.;))
Likewise, thank you for always being kind enough to stop by here; have a great Easter weekend.;)

=Shelly,
thank you so much, my sister will be so happy to see all your comments; she is traveling right now but this will be a surprise when she gets on-line again.;)
How fun that you too are the oldest one with one sister.;)
Thank you for your kind compliment; I hope your Easter is wonderful.;))

=Betsy,
thank you so much, you are so very kind. I hope your Good Friday is lovely.;)

=Mahmud,
7 sisters! Wow, that must have been fun growing up; how many brothers do you have I wonder. Or were you the only boy?
Family tree is so interesting, I have often too wondered how easy it would be to make one in my family. Considering it is much smaller than yours, it should be a bit easier.;)
Yes that linkwithin widget is cool right? I found it at Betsy's place and also liked it.;) Just click on the link and it will take you to the downloading page. ;)

=Beep,
thank you so much dear, I hope your Easter is lovely as well.;))xoxo

Diane said...

Such a sweet post... makes me wish I was your sister :) xo

Protege said...

=Diane,
you almost are.;))
xoxo

Hilary said...

Awww what a sweet post. I don't have a younger sibling, but if I did, I'd want you to be her. My much younger sister. ;) Happy birthday to your sis!

Protege said...

=Hilary,
thank you so much for those kind words; you know that you have by now become my "older sister" that I have always wished for.;))

Noelle Chantal said...

This post almost made me cry, Protege. Beautiful words that best describe the strong bond between sisters. Nothing beats wonderful memories family members like brothers and sisters shares.

Belated Happy Birthday to your sister! :)

Protege said...

=Noelle,
my sweet friend thank you for this lovely comment. I am sure my sister will be so glad to see that she got best wished from all across the world.;)

Blog Princess G said...

What lovely sailor girls you were! Happy birthday to your dear sister!

Protege said...

=BPG,
thank you so much, I am so flattered so many of you took the time to leave your best wishes.;) And yours truly mean so much.;)
xo