Monday, January 26, 2009


My dear sister Mary turns 30 years old today. She is only a year younger than me, and was the next year behind me in school. Some of my fondest memories from Mary come from when we had 1st and 2nd grade together in the same class… We had Mrs. Holman for the split teacher, who was absolutely engaging and active with her class. Mary and I used to have to memorize poems together (some Dr. Seuss, and a TON of Shel Silverstein). I remember sitting behind the Christmas tree back in Panguitch (a favorite Barbie site as well), talking about how lucky we were that it was easy for us to do… :)

About Mary:

1- I’ve learned from her that you can’t assume you know everything about people, everyone has their secrets.
2- I’ve seen her hard work actually and eventually get her a degree!
3- She’s taught us that sleep deprivation is what you make of it: Apparently, I work more than a “princess-shift”! Mary might even call it a “baby-princess-shift”!
4- There’s a look Mary can give that will –NO QUESTIONS ASKED- make you leave her alone!
5- There is a song that goes with EVERY situation, and probably a movie quote to boot.
6- Mary’s eyes are ‘SO BLUE’!!
7- Mary has been a pillar of strength when she hasn’t even known it- she was the most important person in the world to me after my first marriage ended. Her strength when John died was beyond what she’ll ever know: I remember her telling us that as she walked into the room (she worked at the hospital at the time) where John was on the table –she looked at him and said something to the effect of “some joke, huh?” –she brought me back to the reality of who he was, and the relationship he had with us. Unless you’ve lost someone, it’s impossible to describe how they become immortal immediately, but when you can get back to the real person you’re grieving, it’s more comforting. Mary did that for me.
8- Mary is an AWESOME shopping buddy.
9- Mary is a great hostess and is VERY creative.
10- The friendship that I have in my sister Mary is beyond priceless. I hope she knows what she means to me, and how crucial and integral a part of my life she actually is.

Happy Birthday, Mary. I love you so much.


Lexy said...

THat is so sweet Beck! (:

Joni said...

Sisters are the best. You are so blessed to have her!