Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Birthday To My Sister

Happy Birthday to my sister tomorrow!
29 years ago I went to my 3rd grade class and waited rather impatiently for my Dad to call and tell me that I had a sister. My classroom was next door to the office, and every time I heard the phone ring, I got so excited! But it was never Dad. A friend of our family picked me up from school and took me to her house to stay until Mom had the baby. We ate supper and still no phone call from Dad, I took a bath and got ready for bed and still no phone call from Dad. Finally, after hearing on the news that there was a killer on the loose in town, and being terribly frightened that out of all the houses in Ft Smith, he would somehow pick out the one I was in and I would never see my baby sister, my Dad called. I had a baby sister named Abby Jo. I was so excited!

I would love to say that I was always excited to have a sister named Abby Jo, but there were quite a few years that neither of us were excited to be related. We fought and fought, but we loved also. We were each others defenders, and sad to say, offenders.
Abby was with me when my very first date picked me up on Halloween night. She was dressed up as Cyndi Lauper/Tina Turner. Her hair was 3 different colors and her clothes were quite something to behold. I was so embarrased, but she loved it. I took her on many dates after that. (not with the first date guy, he didn't ask me out after that- I kinda blame it on Abby!HA!HA!)

I heard a song on the radio yesterday that reminded me of her. It was "You are the sun, you are the rain" by Lionel Richie. I could just see her singing it loudly and dancing around our shared bedroom. What a wonderful Abby. We have so many stories about growing up, we could probably write a blog a day telling stories about each other.

Abby is a wonderful, mouthy, thoughtful, bossy, compassionate, neat-freak, loving, talkative, kind, curly-headed, energetic, thoughtful, friendly, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and friend. She is loved by everyone she meets. It is an honor that God put her in my family. I am proud to call her sister, and even prouder to call her friend. I love you Abby Jo!!
Happy Birthday!
Next year you are 30!!!!!



Sisters said...

Ok, you made me cry! You made me laugh too because I think only I could be Cyndi & Tina all at once. What talent I always had! I always love hearing you talk about the night I was born - the belching at the dinner table, the killer and the call. I MISS YOU!

Diana Rives said...

Love you lots

Anonymous said...

This made me laugh! The Cyndi Lauper thing really got me laughing. I can so see Abby doing that. I can remember how y'all would fight when we were little and Julie, you never wanted us around. Can't say I blame you :) But it is neat how close y'all are now. Abby, I hope you have a wonderful 29th birthday!!! Love ya!

Anonymous said...

what a priceless blog from julie. sure wish i had known you were waiting on that call all day. i would have made sure you were kept in touch. abby is all you said she is. and i remember spraying her hair all those colors. that wasn't easy. but only abby would want to look like that! it was a perfect costume. and i remember julie's date. he probably still remembers that night. if you all just knew who he is. so proper! happy birthday little abby. you were just 2 weeks late and had to be induced 2 times to even get you here. but it was worth the wait for sure. i love you bunches. thanks julie for your memories and love for your sister.

Sisters said...

Randall said I was late entering the world because I was in Kathy's tummy sucking my thumb and just chill'n!

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday, Abby! I hope it was great!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had known you were waiting all day for me to call. I don't remember all the details other than The doctor coming out of delivery room and cussing a tirade about how hot it was in there. My Dad and Your Pappaw stood there with their mouths open at the language coming out of the man's mouth.
You and Abby were and still are special sisters. I'm glad I could raise you both so properly (with a little help from Yo Momma...Ha!)
I love you both so very, very much and am so proud of you both.