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Missing My Sister

I’ve been thinking about my big sister a lot lately. Why you ask? Because I miss her. I miss our marathon conversations where we would spend hours on the phone talking about nothing and everything. Our conversations are always fun and a bit strange. My mom once watched as I chatted with Jess with the oddest expression on her face. When I hung up I asked her unceremoniously ‘what?’ to which her basic reply was that she just marveled at our relationship and the laughter as we chatted.

You see until about 15 years ago Jess and I fought more than we got along. We had our moments, some of my favorite childhood memories are of just hanging out with my sister when no one else was around. The basic feeling of only I can pick on you that I got when her friends would tease me and in the same breath she would admonish them and tell me to grow up.

Why I was 18 I left home for the first time for longer than a couple weeks at Girl Scout camp. Following in Jess’s foot steps I joined Covenant Players and embarked on an all new adventure. I spent a lot of time on the phone with Jess during my first 4 1/2 month tour. I talked to my folks too but Jess knew what I was experiencing. When I went back for my second tour and summer training so did Jess. Somewhere in there a friendship was forged.

Over the past 15 years she has become my best friend. She’s who I call when I just want to talk about the Sims (a shared guilty pleasure), the latest episode of a TV show we both love, or about a new show she ‘just has to see’. She’s who I call when things are going right and when things are going wrong. No one can break me out of a funk like her, she seems to know just the right thing to say, usually an inappropriate joke, to make me laugh and make it all ok.

I miss these talks because it’s hard to time a conversation with someone who is half a world away. See a year and a half ago Jess’s husband got stationed to Misawa Air Force base in Japan. Now when she’s awake it’s seems I’m either asleep or at work. I miss talking to her, hearing about, as opposed to reading on Facebook, the things my niece and nephew are doing. They’re growing so fast, it’s amazing and I miss them almost as much as their Mommy.

I would love to go and visit them but that is costly proposition. I am a nanny who adores my job and can’t imagine doing anything else but it’s not like there’s a whole lot of extra to pay the $2000 round trip price of a trip to visit my oh so missed family on the other side of the world.

My sister has set up GoFundMe help cover the cost. Where I will be saving every extra penny between now and April I know that I will never raise the amount, any help would be greatly appreciated!

Go Fund Me: http://www.gofundme.com/cty4cw

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