Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Today is my little sister's birthday. I am reprinting here what I wrote last year on her birthday.

The older we get, the closer we get. I wish that you, dear bloggers, could have a relationship like this in your lives with one of your siblings. I can remember when I was a very little girl and Linda was born. I stayed with our Nana while Mom was in the hospital. In those days, people didn't have babies and come home in two days. I remember that Mom had to come home without Linda because my new sister had a life-threatening problem. She was born -Rh factor and had to have blood transfusions. I remember clearly Mom sitting on Nana's sofa crying. I was four years old. Dad was frantically looking for blood donors. I don't remember more details, but the new precious baby in our lives pulled through. I remember being allowed to go to the hospital and see her in her little incubator.

Linda was the one who knew everyone in the neighborhood. She organized backyard fairs, had coffee with the older neighbors (she was then about 7) and loved to perform her dance routines for us in front of the television. Where was I? Mom would say, "Tina get your nose out of that book, and go outside and get some fresh air." As you can see, Linda was the outgoing one and I was the introvert. She was also the one who would cry if Mom or Dad yelled at her. I was the one who refused to shed a tear.

Unfortunately, looking back I remember being a brat to my little sister. I think she forgives me. There were adult years when we had disagreements and didn't see each other often, but thank heavens these always resolved themselves. I could go on and on, but I will end with this: Linda is so precious to me now. I cherish all of our memories and time together. Happy Birthday dear little sister!

Look on my sidebar and you will see a picture of Linda and me.



Willow said...

What a sweet tribute to your sister! I know you cherish her! I never had a sister so my sil, a cousin and a friend are substitutes.

Lynne said...

Happy birthday Linda. Hope you have a wonderful day.

As a teenager, I remember you had no time for your little sister. I'm so glad that you and Linda are so close now.

Linda said...

What a sweet tribute to your sister..I'm glad you are close. I'm an only child but I have a wonderful relationship with my SIL, that I treasure. Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2009...hugs, Linda

MG said...

Happy New Year and a belated greeting for your sister's birthday. This was a lovely post.

BClark said...

Very nice, happy birthday to Linda.
I am so glad you have such a great relationship with her. Unfortunatly that is not true in my case, but I can appreciate how special it would be.

Have a wonderful New Year.

Lynne said...

Tina - come over and claim an award!