Saturday, February 23, 2008

It's Her Day!

The first born...the responsible one. Meet my big sister, Bev!

She was the one charged with keeping me safe when we were kids...and suffering the consequences when she repeatedly failed to do so!

We shared a bedroom and our toys.

Later she gave me haircuts, and sewed a lot of my clothes. We picked berries together every summer, and then went on a shopping spree to the big city to spend our hard earned dollars.

We listened to my little green transistor radio and knew the lyrics to every song. We sang along in beautiful harmony (well, we thought so anyhow!). Mary Hopkins got a little help from us as she sang.

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end...

And all too soon those days were over! Bev became a nurse...travelled the world...and moved to South Texas. For more than twenty years she worked tirelessly at an orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico to make a better home life for children in need. Two of those children wormed their way into her heart and home, and now call her 'mom'. She became an American citizen (who would have thought?), quit driving Fords, and took on a management position in a urology clinic.

So many years have passed and everything has changed...but some things will always stay the same. You are forever my big sister and my friend...and today you are celebrating your birthday. Wish I could join you for the day...we could visit South Padre Island once again!

I guess I'll just settle for a piece of cake in honour of the occasion.

Have a wonderful birthday!


  1. A beautiful tribute to your sister! Such wonderful memories. Sisters are the best!
    Happy Birthday to your sister.

  2. Love the poignancy of this... Does your sister Bev read your blog?

    (I am having trouble with being unselfish with my family. I don't allow any of them anywhere near mine.)

  3. Oh wow. . what a wonderful sister you have. . .you lucky duck you. I always begged my mom for a sister. . .she never was able to pull that one off for me.

    I love the pictures of you together.
    She's a lucky girl to have you for a sister too.

    I'm chucking at Vee .. you actually keep your family away from your blog. . .that's hilarious. . I love it.

  4. What a wonderful way of piecing the the young with the old eh?
    I love the pictures. They could become modern vintage series.
    I bet the cake is chocolate.

  5. No Marg, the cakes were never chocolate at our house. It would have been a 'baked from scratch' moist white cake with seven minute frosting (a frosting made in the top of the double boiler with egg whites and brown sugar...beat until peaks formed). That was the standard birthday cake, as I recall!

  6. Happy Birthday Bev! What a lovely tribute to your sister! You're a good little sister!
    Have a wonderful weekend!


  7. What a wonderful tribute and the pictures are fabulous!

  8. Such sweet sister memories! Send her warm wishes from me too! Thank you for visiting the Quill and for the sweetness you left behind, it was a real encouragement! Have a happy Sunday!

  9. Thank-you, Judy. You've been digging thru Mom's fotos again! And thanks, y'all! I've had a wonderful extended birthday that began with a surprise Friday AM from my clinical staff - flowers, balloons, tacos, donuts, and even a cake with a white-dress-and-cap nurse on it! Thanks again for the prayers and wishes!

  10. Oh how sweet! I have a big sis who was the responsible one as well, although I do think bossy is just her nature!


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