Today is my sister's birthday! She is 60! Didn't we always think of 60 as OLD when we were kids? This is the sis who is only 16 months older than I. So now you know how soon I will turn 60. In only 16 months! Yikes. I guess when one reaches 60 one can no longer claim to be Young, but I don't think one is Old yet, either. Especially now that Sis and I are on the 60's doorstep. (And I'm the Baby of the family!)
Sis and I played together endlessly as kids, and we were very close. She is outgoing and sociable, and I was shy and awkward. So I depended on her to find friends for us and to get the conversation going. As we grew older I used to worry about how I would function without her around. For that very reason I chose not to attend the same college as she and almost all my relatives attended. I went off on my own, and it was the best thing I could have done for myself. I realized I was quite OK on my own and even liked depending on myself... an important part of my growing up that I'm proud of taking charge of at that crucial point in my life. I didn't stop loving Sis, of course. I just stopped depending on her to fulfill my life.
Now Sis and I live in different states and don't get to see each other very often. I hope she is having a very HAPPY 60th birthday and being showered with blessings and love.
I sent Sis this gift. I just love how it turned out. A woman in my LQS makes these calendar things, and then the customer can add to it as desired. I added the borders and the flowers and quilted it. This shows my sister's initials, the month and year of her birth, and the birthdate has a special symbol on it. The musical clef, the books, and the water (to represent swimming) are her special interests. The calendars can be custom-ordered. Pretty cool, isn't it? I hope she loves it, too.