This Post is Dedicated to My Sister


I’m a terrible sister.

You see, six months ago, my sister had a birthday. I only have one sister, so you’d think this would be obvious to me. But I was out of town gallivanting and totally forgot. To be fair, I went to Alcatraz that day. I was in prison. Literally.

Okay, I have no excuse. I just plain forgot that I should keep track of what day it is because some days are more special than other days. Lessons learned.

I realized later what I’d done. Two weeks later. I suppose I stopped for a moment to consider that it had been a while since my sister had a birthday and maybe she was about due. I called her to beg forgiveness and she was very understanding.

But that doesn’t change the fact that I missed her birthday. So, I’d like to institute the celebration of a new holiday, folks, because today my sister turns 30-something-and-a-half. That’s right, today is my sister’s half birthday and in honor of that, let’s relive some memories, shall we?

Remember that time we went to the Grand Canyon?

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And I made you get up at 4am to see the sunrise?

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Worth it, amiright?

And then we went on a road trip and saw the world’s largest thermometer.

My life is complete.

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When we were in LA we saw your favorite person’s square at Grauman’s!

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What a memory.
Plus we stayed with the Bakers and went to the Getty.

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You wore your Blue Angels shirt. What style.

And then there was that time I took you camping (your very first time!) in Florida…in July.

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Camping prep, courtesy of Ed Ronco. (And my dad. Thanks for the stove, dad.)

You claim you’ll never go camping again, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

And of course there was the incident with spending the night in a park. With no tents or anything.

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But you came prepared.

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And you wore your Blue Angels hat. Because duh.

And it was worth it in the end because we were there for this:

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Yeah, that was maybe the last NASA space shuttle launch ever.

A few days later we went to Epcot and you got us into the VIP lounge at the Test Track. You’re kind of a big deal.

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And who could forget that time our brother got married?

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We clean up well.

Then of course there are all the family get-togethers, like every New Year’s for the last 25 years except one. (Sorry to ruin the streak; Antarctica was calling my name!)

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So happy half birthday, Clare. Thanks for the adventures.

(P.S. Wanna go camping?)

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10 thoughts on “This Post is Dedicated to My Sister

  1. You’ve made my day. Happy half birthday, Clare ( a little late..just read this on Oct. 4). As for me, I am happy to be part of this family!
    Love,
    Meg

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  2. What fun, and how nice. I smiled all the way through it. Worth having your birthday forgotten…. Happy Half BIrthday, Clare (and, Meg, I think Oct. 4 IS the day.) Who took that great picture of the cleaned-up siblings?
    Love, Ellen

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