Gratitude from A to Z: Sisters

Sporting the centennial plaid at the centennial fountain in the centennial year

I am grateful for sisters, and one in particular, Mary.

My sister taught me resilience, love and compassion. John and I often picked on our little sister, most famously the time her teddy bear "accidentally" fell out the car window never to be seen again. Big brothers are protective of little sisters but can be unkind. I'm not sure if she'll ever forgive us for the demise of Teddy but we are sorry.

What she lacked in size and strength compared to her older brothers, she made up for with speed and smarts. She became the best athlete of all of us excelling in many sports and being the top female athlete in our high school.

Mary is one of several strong women in my life who have showed me that gender is irrelevant in most things. She has excelled as a parent, daughter, athlete, professional and most definitely as a sister.

Do you have an influential sister?

 

4 comments

  • david

    david buffalo, new york

    may you and john rot in hell for your insensitivity regarding Teddy. yes, i have a sister who is an enormously positive influence on my life, yesteryear and today. but i was insensitive too. awesome, sweet photo by the way.

    may you and john rot in hell for your insensitivity regarding Teddy.

    yes, i have a sister who is an enormously positive influence on my life, yesteryear and today. but i was insensitive too.

    awesome, sweet photo by the way.

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    Thanks for the comments David. Sisters are indeed wonderful and how they tolerated us and continue to do so is a wonder.

    Thanks for the comments David. Sisters are indeed wonderful and how they tolerated us and continue to do so is a wonder.

  • Brother of Same Mother

    Brother of Same Mother Wilds of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal

    For the emotional and technical correction that I believe all journalists, professionally or otherwise, would appreciate, the bear never made it out a window, just looked that way from your side of the car! It was typically under my arm. As to its end, I can neither confirm or deny its inability to float in the Fraser River. She continues to be a great and patient mother, sister and daughter extraordinaire, happy sister day (yeah, I know, every day is brother day!).

    For the emotional and technical correction that I believe all journalists, professionally or otherwise, would appreciate, the bear never made it out a window, just looked that way from your side of the car! It was typically under my arm. As to its end, I can neither confirm or deny its inability to float in the Fraser River. She continues to be a great and patient mother, sister and daughter extraordinaire, happy sister day (yeah, I know, every day is brother day!).

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    Thank you for the clarification. Regardless of the details, the abuse heaped on poor old Teddy were traumatic whether he ended up in a ditch or the Fraser River canyon.

    Thank you for the clarification. Regardless of the details, the abuse heaped on poor old Teddy were traumatic whether he ended up in a ditch or the Fraser River canyon.

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