Through Rose Coloured Glasses
I was recently shopping for a greeting card. As I searched through the rows of cards, I noticed one with the words “To Someone Who Is Just Like A Sister”. That got me to thinking about what it takes to be “just like a sister”. The bond between sisters is very powerful and unique. It is rooted in love, on memories of a shared childhood and a similar belief system learned from the years of growing up in the same household. As adults, sisters lean on each other for support. Sisters can truly be themselves with each other – after all, your sisters have seen you when you were still in diapers, and with your front teeth missing, they knew you for years before you wore make-up, and have seen the hair style failures you experimented with and know all your secrets. So, if this is truly what creates that bond between sisters, I wondered how does one become “just like” a sister?
Last Wednesday marked one year since my nephew Tadrik died by suicide. The ”firsts” are over, but for his family, the pain is still very raw. A new year with new beginnings is ahead – the first birthdays, holidays and anniversaries have been met and now his family forges ahead. Added to the sorrow of his siblings, their father died in April and now rests next to Tadrik at the small cemetery close to their farm
I often hear comments about how generous people in Prince Albert are, not only with donations of money, but donations of their time. It seems that whenever a call for volunteers goes out, people are more than happy to oblige. Many of those volunteers are women, who somehow fit in hours of helping into their busy days.
What makes you happy? How many things are you happy about? Barbara Ann Kipfer knows exactly how many things she is happy about: 14,000 (and growing)! She knows, because throughout her the first forty years of her life, she wrote them down and kept track of everything, big and small, that made her happy.