New Year’s Day reminds me of my dear sister.
Although I’m a writer,
I have never had a concrete writing-each-day-in-a-diary or journal practice.
Back when I was 7 or 8
I received my first diary for Christmas,
and I can still remember the simple notation
I made on January 1st.
“Played with my new doll.
Walked down the street to Clancy Park with Sandra
to see if the ice rink was ready to skate on yet.”
Such innocent words,
full of hope and love.
Sandra was three years older than I,
so I thought it was fabulous
that SHE would invite ME for a walk.
I had to grab those great chances when I could.
Now that she’s dead and gone,
I of course wish I could make another memory with her.
I miss her most of all
when I do use a journal
and even now when I am blogging most of my words.
She had encouraged me in my writing
and had even bought me a book on publishing children’s stories.
Maybe she could see something in me
that I wasn’t aware of yet.
I miss Sandra terribly
and hope that other people can be close to their siblings
while they have the chance.