I usually don’t write about personal stuff. This week I can’t help myself. Carolyn, my big sister, has always been wonderfully supportive. Over seven years ago, she drove three hours to my house to help my husband with our twins while I went on a weekend writer’s retreat. She listens to me go on and on about people who don’t exist and shows an active interest in my imaginary worlds. She never cringes when I ask her to read my work.
She’s the kindest, most giving person I know. I used to think the phrase “you make me want to be a better person” was kind of hokey. She helps me understand how something like that is possible.
Now, she’s made me a new aunt! On Monday, my sister gave birth to a big, handsome, healthy baby boy. He’s her first child and I am overjoyed! I am so proud of Carolyn and look forward to greeting her on this journey into motherhood. I hope I can be half as supportive to her as she has been for me.
I hope all of my blog readers have someone in their lives who are a positive influence. If you do, feel free to give them a shout out in the comments below.