Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Baby Sister's Birthday...!

No, I won't say how old (or young) she is...but let's just say she is slowly catching up to the rest of us!

I was one of those fortunate people that had some great siblings, a fun childhood, and plenty of wide open places to pay in!

My family wasn't poor. I guess that if I had to classify our family back would be as lower middle class! My Dad worked hard where ever he could find work. Sometimes Mom worked as well, but we didn't realize that by today's standard, we were being cheated.

Actually,having both parents working turned out good for us as kids. We had our chores to do after school, including starting supper sometimes. We could all make cornbread and such early on! Having some responsibility around the house meant that we were aware of just what Mom had to do at home. That's a good thing, I believe.

All total, there were four of us. I was the oldest and the only boy. My sisters, all three of them, turned out to be really good cooks and were very good with their hands in things like sewing and crafts.

Unfortunately, my middle sister was taken a few years back by cancer. Way too young, but no one ever said that life was fair! Just one of those sad events that we deal with as best we can.

So now, I have Big Sis and Baby Sis...both a real joy and both are bright spots in my life! They both over-look a lot of my faults, and are both are still talking to me, in spite of everything!

Big Sis lives in North Carolina...while Baby Sis lives here in Houston with her husband, Rod, and when these two dress up as Mr. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus you almost have to believe!

Anyway, this is the special day for Baby Sis, and I wish her the very best! She is a good friend, a true confidant, and a big source of support when I need it!

Baby Sis knows most of my secrets, but I never worry about her telling them. She recognizes my weaknesses, but I never have to worry about her taking advantage of them.

She is a pillar of my family, a true friend to me, and a treasure to all who really know her!

I'm proud to call her my Sister...! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANN !

Now, let's get some coffee and sit in the kitchen while we stay warm! We can all toast to my Baby Sis's birthday!


Catman said...

Happy Birthday, Ann!

HermitJim said...

Hey Catman...
Thanks on the behalf of my sister!

Thanks for coming by, buddy!

chinasyndrome said...

Happy Birthday! Having family you can count is a true blessing.Your babby Sis sounds like a real special lady.

TEAM HALL said...

Your Baby Sis sounds like a real gem...kinda like you, eh?
Happy Birthday Ann!! said...

Family ties are wonderful. How nice you have such good memories. Happy Birthday Ann!

Momlady said...

A big happy birthday to your baby sis. And a great day to you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ann - hope your day goes well. Your big brother is keeping an eye out for you, it sounds like the two of you are close. Thats good - family is a good thing to have, especially on Life's twists and turns.

HermitJim, it sounds like your relationship with your sibling is similar to mine with my brother. He is close to me as well, and knows where the boyhood 'skeletons' are buried. If he wasn't in on it, he is aware of the details, lol.

Baby Sis said...

Thanks to all of you, and a bigger than usual hug for Bubba! This is a great start to a terrific new year! When I got to work today, someone else had already made the coffee, God sent a unbelievable beautiful lavendar and pink dawn to greet me out the front windows of my office, and now this! WOW - can't get much better! And thanks for the kind words, too, big brother. I'm so grateful that we have reclaimed our closeness of youth, and I thank God for you every day. Happy Birthday to me!

Big Hugs -

JoJo said...

Happy Birthday Ann, and may your day continure to be wonderful. You have a very special bond with your brother and that says everything about both of you.
Good Morning My Special One, Nice post for your baby sis.
My dad once said that when they were young they were very, very poor but they didn't even realize it because in those days everyone was poor.
Hugs to you and lets enjoy the kitchen to keep us warm.

edifice rex said...

Yea!! Happy Birthday to Ann!!
Yesterdays post was great too! Very good suggestions.
It's wonderful you have such a smart, supportive sister.

Rae said...

Happy Birthday to your sister. She is very lucky to have such a wonderful big brother.

Did it MY way said...

You are a good man Jim. When all else ends you only have family. They are worth more than gold. Keep up the good work.

Happy birthday Ann, may you have many more.

See Ya

HermitJim said...

Hey China...
No doubt she is special! I'd trust her to watch my back in a fight anytime!

Thanks for the kind words and the visit!

Hey Cath...
Good of you to pass on these kind words ad thoughts...and as always, I thank you for coming by this morning!

Hey Kris...
I don't know what I'd do without my family there. They sometimes are mostly i the back ground, but always in my heart!

Hey, thanks for coming by!

Hey Momlady...
I can't thank you enough for the good wishes and kind thoughts!

Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Anon 7:16...
Family is nearly always good! There may be some rough spots from time to time...bur usually things turn out OK!

I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Sis...
It wasn't much, but I hope it told you I was thinking about you this morning!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Hey JoJo...
Thanks, sweetie, for those very kind words! I'm sure that she appreciates it as much as I do!

Thanks so much for coming over!

Hey E.R....
Nice to have support from someone nearly as crazy as I am!

I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by today!

Hey Rae...
Thanks, my friend! Those words mean a lot to both of us!

Thanks for coming by!

Hey Tony...
I can always count on you to have something nice to say, buddy! I'm sure Sis appreciates the kind words, and I know that I do!

Thanks for dropping in today!