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February 26, 2008

Birthday A La Mode

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Today is my sister's birthday.

Let me tell you why my sister is so special (besides putting up with me, obviously).

Ashley is a good friend. She calls, she listens, she cares. She remembers birthdays and special times in your life, she is always there when you need her. She is kindhearted, always has been. She has the gift of empathy, seeing the needs in others and feeling them acutely. She befriends the friendless, in a quiet way, with a natural instinct to bring people into the fold. I have always admired this about her.

Ashley is a wonderful mother. I always knew she would be. Adler is a happy, well-adjusted little fella because he has a mother who loves him and nurtures the best in him. I see her earnest desire to do it right, to do everything right, and I know her children (for there will be another soon, I'm sure of it!!) will count her as the biggest blessing in their young lives. I love seeing her as a mother, sharing in the joys and trials of it together.

Ashley is a great daughter. She has stuck by my parents during some difficult years. She really cares about them, wanting the very best for them, but she also is the least demanding child they have. She has been gracious, and giving, not withholding her affection when she probably slipped into the middle-child slot more than she liked. She has been a steady force in their life, and I think that was more encouraging than she can ever know.

Ashley is a terrific person. She is witty and fun, intelligent and real. She is entertaining, with just a smidge of sarcasm to spice things up. She can be serious, she can be lighthearted, she can be spiritual, she can be just what the moment calls for. I always enjoy myself anytime I am with her, and I am always sad to say goodbye.

Ashley is a lovely sister. She was my first sibling, my first friend. She's put up with a lot from me, and loved me anyway, and I appreciate that. She's a pillar in my life, one of the things that holds me up, though I don't know if she knows that. She represents my entire childhood, sharing the memories, sharing the clothes. (ha) I don't know who I'd be without her today.

I thank God for her.

Happy Birthday, Ash.

Kith and Kin | By WonderGirl | 11:07 AM

Comments

Beautifully put... Happy birthday Ashley!

Posted by: britt at February 26, 2008 11:27 AM

What a lovey word picture of a lovely young woman... I'm truly humbled by the rare beauty, inside and out, of my nieces...

Posted by: aunt vickie at February 26, 2008 1:50 PM

I feel the same about my little sister. I do not know what I would do without her, especially lately.
Happy Birthday, Ashley!! The love of your sister is the best birthday present ever!!

Posted by: tricia at February 27, 2008 11:18 AM

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