Today is my sister Laura's birthday. She is the one closest in age to me, but we could not really be more different. Let me explain why.
I may have mentioned here that I strive to get my life organized. I would love to have a place for everything and everything in its place. It is a source of anxiety for me, and I often find it overwhelming. Laura, on the other hand, has always had her life meticulously organized and scheduled down to a tee. When we were little we shared a bedroom. Her side of it was usually neat and clean. My side always looked like a bomb went off. It drove her crazy. She had her planner mapped out each night from as soon as she came home until it was time to go to bed. She changed her nail polish color to match her outfits for the next day, and actually knew what she was wearing for the whole week. I did not have a planner, let alone use one, nor did I plan my outfit until it was time to wear it, and I have probably polished my nails less than 20 times in my whole life.
Now that we are older, Laura is the one people go to if they need something. She is the troop leader for the Girl Scouts, and was the person in charge of interest groups for her school. Her house is the one that the neighborhood kids want to visit, and she has these great birthday parties for her kids that a based on the Amazing Race reality show. Me, not so much.
While I wish that she lived closer, she was able to move four plus hours away, and not only did she do it, but she thrived. I admire her independence and ability to create not only a support group, but a family away from home.
I often talk about my other sisters because they live here and I see them often. Heck, I go to lunch with Ann a few times a week. I don't talk about Laura as much, but on her birthday, I wanted to take a few minutes to brag about her and let her know how much I love her.
Laura, you are never far from my heart or mind, and I love you! Happy Birthday, and remember, you are almost at the bottom of the list! That puts me on the top for 47 hours because we "spring ahead" tomorrow. Leave it to Daylight Savings time to rob one of the few precious hours that I actually get!