An Open Letter To My Sister

You are extraordinary.

When you ring me at nine am, you’ve been up for hours with two small children; feeding, changing nappies, entertaining. You’ve managed to shower, pack the nappie bag, bundle a baby and a toddler in your car and leave the house. By that time I’ve only been up for an hour, rolling out of bed and having to worry about only myself; making my coffee and sitting down to read Mail Online.

You are extraordinary.

When I was at my lowest point, breakable, fragile, and living in that unreal, different dimension that now I cannot contemplate, you took my hand. You drove me to the police station, you came to my house to clean up the smashed plates, furniture and goodness knows what else that symbolised both physically and metaphorically the end of a tumultuous, controlling and abusive period. This all done without a second thought, even when I had rejected you on countless occasions previously.

You are extraordinary.

You gave me money when I had none. You served me meals, you brought me food. When I was sick you came and looked after me again and again and again. You welcomed me into your home, welcomed me into your life; I was never alone.

You are extraordinary.

When I married you stood by my side, though the weight of your first child was heavy in your belly. And when he came into this world you let me be his mother, too. Now I have two, and there hasn’t been a moment in their lives that you have not shared with me.

You are extraordinary.

Your days are spent, as I now know first hand, in complete exhaustion. From morning until night you are responsible for two amazing yet demanding (as all children are) beings. You do so without complaint and have enough energy in the evening, even if you’ve been out working all day, to cook me a meal.

You are extraordinary.

You are patient.

You are kind.

You always call, even though I never do.

You always ask how I am, even though I never do. I’m sorry. How are you?

You are understanding.

You never stand in judgement.

You have supported me from the day I was born.

You have loved me without reserve.

And I love  you for all these reasons. But then I would love you without them, because you are my sister.

You are extraordinary.

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36 thoughts on “An Open Letter To My Sister

  1. How wonderful that you chose to see this now, and share it, instead of potentially too late for either of you to enjoy the hugs. I think we so often do not say these very things to the ones we love, until it is too late.

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    1. Yoko Ono has this great philosophy that we should all tell people we love them every day. I know that I don’t always practise this, particularly with Mr Thomas but whenever I’m on the phone to my mum I always say ‘I love you.’ Yes, we can show love in how we act but it’s always good to say it.

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  2. So heartfelt and well composed. I think your sister Is to you, what my brother has always been for me. Thanks for the reminder. It is time to thank him properly. Just not in a rhyme. lol.
    Keep inspiring

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    1. I could hardly dream to put into words a tribute as completely and eloquently as you have. So I will have to find another way to thank him. Thanks again for sharing this piece.

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  3. Wow, that is a really poignant and heartfelt tribute to your sister. Bravo for saying it while she is alive to appreciate it! It sounds like she is living out 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter on how to put love into action.

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  4. What an awesome piece of open, honest, expression. Your sister is amazing to be all you say, and to be there for you so much. Well done for recognising all that and for sharing it with her (I’m sure you will?!)

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  5. Your tribute made me cry…..I have been estranged from my sister, we recently reconnected and I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to where we once were but reading your letter reaffirmed how much I do love my sister. Thanks Giorge!

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  6. If only I had a blog myself, then I could tell all your followers about how much if an extraordinary sister you are. Your strength and ability to work through anything that’s thrown at you, should somehow be documented for others to read and draw inspiration from. Xx

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  7. Giorge – This is a lovely post. One that I am sure we can all relate to! By the way – you are not boring – lets re-invent now – and pick a tag line that does you some more justice xxx Keep up the writing & Live your dreams!

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  8. Giorge – This is a lovely post. One that I am sure we can all relate to! By the way – you are not boring – lets re-invent now – and pick a tag line that does you some more justice xxx Keep up the writing & Live your dreams!

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