July 24 was my younger sister Lisa’s birthday. She turned 25! So, because of the emotional mess I always seem to be in lately, I thought I would reminisce a little.
I don’t remember Lisa coming home from the hospital because I was only 18 months old. I don’t remember much about our younger years, but we have tons of pictures. We both had white/blonde hair that my mom always put in braided pigtails with little clips on the ends. We wore matching clothes a lot. From what I’ve heard, I taught her how to read before she started kindergarten. I’m sure that was more a decision on her part, rather than mine. She’s always been a smarty pants! I remember playing house in our bedroom with our play kitchen. We used to pretend to ride the lawn mower, and used the propane tank like it was a horse!
I see so many families that grow apart over time, and it saddens me. That never happened to us, and I don’t understand how it could happen to anyone else.
When I went away to college, it was the hardest thing I ever did. I cried every weekend because I didn’t want to go back to school and leave my family. But, not Lisa. She embraced it when she went to college. She loved it! And I was jealous. I know I missed out by not sticking it out. I admire her for that. She has done things that I could never do!
When I stopped going to my Grandma’s church, Lisa kept going. She still goes there to this day, when she’s in town. When she’s not in town, she goes to another church. I could never do that! I’m not brave enough to walk into a random church and sit by myself.
She moved out into an apartment with her friends. Jealous!
She has had the same job for longer than any job I’ve ever had!
Recently she decided to go on weight watchers. She had/has determination and motivation that I have never seen a person have. She’s a completely different person now. We have family members who don’t recognize her because she’s changed so much. She’s always been shy, but she’s starting to open up more now. She started doing 5k’s for fun! She runs like 6 days out of the week. She joined a running club! She took me to my first 5k. From the very beginning I knew I was going to be the last person to finish, and when I expressed that thought to her, she very calming said “but you will finish.” That’s a viewpoint I didn’t have. With my personality, I don’t want to be mediocre at something. I want to rock it! So, the thought of “just finishing” had never crossed my mind. But, finish, I did. i wasn’t last, btw. And it brought out a change in me. I have jogged more since that 5k, than I have jogged in years. Because of Lisa. Because of her, I want to do better for me.
The best times I can think of is when we’re just sitting and laughing and crying with each other. The three (Me and Lisa, plus our youngest sister Kristin) can have the best time just hanging out together. We don’t have to do anything special. Bring out a box of pictures and we can laugh for hours! We are the kind of sisters that I want Lexi to have someday. Someone you can tell anything to. Someone you can argue with 1 minute and laugh with the next. There are times I wish we were all still living under one roof with mom and dad. I know we would get on each other’s nerves after about the first day, but still! I love them!
We may not look like twinkies now…but we were twinkies back in the day!
Happy Birthday Lisa! I hope you had an awesome weekend with your friends! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!