|Russ and me, um, a few years back… photo by Emma Dodge Hansen|
The past few weeks have proven the strength of such connections, considerably. My youngest sister (we are seven siblings) underwent a very serious brain surgery with a difficult and continuing recovery. It's when you know there's nothing you can do that you want to to anything at all to make it better, to make it easier, to let her know how much she means to you, that there's no one else like her in the world. It's lovely to see how the rest of our family and her friends feel the same way and continue to come together in hopes that our meals, cards, flowers, calls, messages, when delivered, provide the healing energy that will ease her pain and get her back to a place of wellness, the sooner the better. And it's good to realize that any one of us would do the same for our siblings, or in-laws, or best friends, because nothing is more important.
|My sister Anne, as Mother-of-the-Groom, with her oldest son, Jack|
July, 2012 - Boca Raton, Florida
So, on this Valentine's Day, I cherish all the loves in my life, with complete and sincere gratitude for every moment, knowing that we are lucky to have every joyful, challenging, happy, sad, proud, embarrassing, spontaneous, planned, long-overdue, imposing, welcome, annoying, and REAL second of that time together.
Happy Valentine's Day my friends, and especially to you, my sister Anne. xoxox