Updated: Aug 1, 2022
In a moment of love and inspiration I wrote this dedication to my two sisters. Since the writing of this post, one of them has unfortunately passed on. Which makes this post that much more impactful and truthful. I am happy to say that one of the last words spoken between her and I were the words "I love you". I guess I can take solace in this fact. I thought this would be a good post to express the impact and importance of expressing your feelings openly with your loved ones during your journey to life enrichment.
As the eldest of three siblings, I have had the opportunity to observe and proudly take part in the growth and maturation of two special women. These women are my sisters. I have yet to feel comfortable with calling them women as I still remember them as little girls trying to find their way in this world. Interesting times to say the least. I have to admit, I don’t believe I was the best father figure in the world. I say this because we were brought up in a single parent household and I fell into the part of playing pseudo-dad. Not the easiest thing in the world, falling into this gig and being responsible for the upbringing of two impressionable young ladies. Needless to say, I had my ups and downs with the situation but this post is not about me.
As much as I was in charge of teaching and guiding them throughout the years, I have to say that they have taught me just as much if not more. When I was down and out and lost my faith in people. They were the only ones who were there for me without questions, judgment or hesitation. They both, in their own way gave me back the feeling of belonging and community. I found out after having gone through personal turmoil in my life, thinking I had nowhere to go, no one to talk to, that I was able to rely on them as much if not more than they relied on me in their early years. I am truly proud to have them as my sisters and would not change them for the world.
This post was sparked by a recent event with one sister that made me look at the both of them in a totally different light. One of my sisters recently went through a bout of cancer. She is fine now but the important thing is how much strength she showed throughout the whole process. Poised, in control and as positive as one can be in a situation like that. I was amazed! Especially because this was the sister that just a couple of years ago had a penchant for the dramatic. (Don’t tell her I said that) Seeing her go through this and dealing with the situation in my own way, I noticed how strong and amazing these two women had really become. How much respect I had for each of them and what they have done in their lives, how they are bringing up their own children (I am a 4x uncle) and how they have overcome many of the obstacles they have faced.
We have had our differences for sure, we ARE siblings after all. But all in all we are there for each other when needed.
This is my dedication to you, my sisters that I love, appreciate, admire and respect.
I am proud of what you have done, what you have become and what you have to offer this world. I thank you for everything you have given me, even thought I am not always the best at expressing my feelings and emotions. Know that I have always wanted the best for you both and I am glad to still have you both in my life.
From the Bottom of my heart!
P.S. If there is something you would like to get off your chest to a loved one. I suggest you do it as soon as possible, you never know if you will have another chance. Don’t take time for granted!