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Wednesday, February 24, 2010



1.the yearly recurrence of the date of a past event
2.the celebration or commemoration of such a date

Anniversaries mark the "big" days, the important events, the life-changing moments in our lives. Tomorrow marks two years since my sister, Molly, died as a result of a brain tumor at the age of 36. While this isn't the kind of anniversary that I consider a celebration, it is certainly one that has changed my life. There is a big empty space in the world without her here that can not, nor will not, be filled. Her life and presence was incomparable, as was the manner in which she chose to live.

Knowing Molly and being her sister has been a gift in my life. It is the reason why I feel this anniversary shouldn't pass each year without recognizing it in some way. My sister had a very easy, open way about her. It was evident from the outset when you saw the smile she shared so openly and naturally. She was exemplified kindness. Molly was authentic and true, and believed that no one should be anything more than themselves. She encouraged us all, especially her kids, to take risks and to have fun and to play hard and well. She didn't live by the clock. Molly always tried to see the bright side, the good side, the fun side. And she wore red cowboy boots. Sitting here and re-reading these qualities that I attribute to her, I see that these are the things I admire the most. The qualities that aren't as natural to me....the ones I have to work a little harder on. Trying to emulate these qualities is how I hope I can honor her life, and keep a piece of her alive every day. To commemorate this so-called anniversary.

Cheers to you, Molly. I miss you every day.

1 comment:

  1. Your thoughts about Molly are wonderful. As I type her name I still can not believe that I can't call her and talk to her about her about her day, the kids, or what she was doing for the weekend. I will never forget what strength she showed everyday as she faced her illness. When we think things are difficult or life is unfair I think of the courage she showed us. Never once saying 'why me'. As we think of her today and feel the sadness and tears I try to remember that we were all so fortunate to have her in our lives. And, I think about how fortunate I am to have all my family in my life.