When I was a kid, (you know, back in the olden days, as my kids like to say,) if you would have told me that whenever I thought of my sister, Molly, I would smile... well, I probably would have laughed! It is true though, and it's not just an outward smile, but a smile that I really feel in my heart. This woman, my big sis, is such a bright light in my life. Doesn't she make you smile, just looking at her? :) We fought like two cats for most of our time living together. It was really not pretty. We did start getting along nearly as soon as she moved out and went to college, though. And, since then, well, it's been a wonderful thing getting to know her. Seeing her as a friend has enabled me to see how incredibly strong she is, and I'm not just talking about the biceps that are slightly out of view there, although they are a force to reckon with. The tenacity that was not so very helpful in an opponent is miraculous in a comrade. There have been times, for both of us, when the tears have flowed so heavily that the other sister could not make out words... only feelings, on the other end of the phone, and we listen and we cry and we talk until we feel better. When we stopped fighting, and started listening, we found, much to our surprise, that we actually have a lot in common. We are very different creatures, but we have found so much that we can share, and it has been a real lesson for me in the rest of my life, to remain open minded about people that I sometimes feel very different from. I used to have a little sign up in my kitchen, above the sink, when Robert was away in Portland and we were living on Slow Lane. It said, "WWMD" What Would Molly Do? It was a reminder that Molly would finish cleaning up the kitchen before going to bed, and that Molly would go for her morning run to make sure that she let off some steam so that she could be a good mama, and that Molly would not stress out over moving her family 100 miles... since she has moved across the country so many times.
Today and every day I am grateful to have such a loving, caring, inspiring person in my life. Thanks Mol!