I am a middle child. I have stated that before, so it is nothing new.
Yesterday I turned 60. A milestone for me, and my sisters celebrated me in a great way. We don’t live near each other. I am in South Carolina, my older sister is in Illinois, and my younger sister in Maryland. We don’t see one another enough, and it makes us sad at times.
In the past two weeks I have gotten three boxes of presents from my sisters. Not a box that holds a single gift, but three boxes that were filled to the brim with gifts. 60 of them, in fact.
When I received my first box, I opened it and read the card on the top. I texted my sisters to thank them and tell them how blessed I was and how crazy they were to send me a box of presents. The card was actually signed by both of them. Their handwriting and seeing that, I cried that they could arrange something like this. Shortly after texting both of my sisters, my older sister called and told me I was not allowed to open one gift until the 11th. I told her I would obey, and we continued to talk for several minutes.
She told me not to think that these gifts were going to be earth shattering. I was just amazed that they had sent me a box of gifts. It was during that conversation that I found out that there would be two more boxes arriving. I was overwhelmed.
More presents arrived and I spent a few hours yesterday unwrapping the gifts my sisters sent me. Some were silly, some were things that made me smile. I was amazed at how well my sisters knew me. I laughed and even cried a bit. I called my older sister while opening some because I knew she would be home, having retired recently. I waited until after school to call my other sister, since she is a teacher.
The gifts blessed me in many ways. But, as I have looked them over today several times, I realized that it wasn’t the gifts that blessed me, but the love and the care my sisters gave me.
I am fortunate to have two sisters who care. They are fun to be with, and yes, we can drive one another crazy, but they are my fiercest defenders and will be there at a moment’s notice if need be.
I smile as I look at a frame that has our names etched into it. In the center of the frame is a photo taken when my youngest sister was a baby. She is propped between my older sister and myself. It occurred to me today that that picture was taken so long ago that it could be considered an antique…. I guess that is what happens when you turn 60, right?
So, thank you my dear sisters, I am so lucky to be between you. Thanks for stopping by, DAF