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!!
Next year you are 30!!!!!