Happy 34th Birthday to my yoga-doing, health advocater, adventurous traveler, open-minded, extroverted, giggly, outspoken, painfully honest, Reeses lover, excessive happy crier, big hugger, enthusiastic, family oriented, motivated, and sassy Auntie Sara !!!
Growing up you were always the "cool Auntie." You instructed our yoga classes, took Lydia and I on a mall trip every year to celebrate our summer birthdays, and you had us over for sleepovers often. My mom always tells me how much time you spent with us as babies, because you wanted to develop a strong connection with us, and have us recognize you as being in our life at a young age. Your support is always there. You are someone we could roller skate with, go hiking, running, swimming. Your enthusiasm about living a healthy life has inspired us to find ways to make exercise fun. As healthy minded as you are, i appreciate your occasional need for reeses peanut butter cups and cookie dough.
You are someone we could always talk to. You would always listen with respect and never judge us even if our statements as kids were extremely irrational. I could ask you something personal or embarrassing without feeling uncomfortable.
(You may chuckle reading that because i'm sure you can recall some of the unexpected personal questions i asked you as a kid)
It was always hard for me to picture you having kids. You were always "Auntie Sara and Uncle Brad" and i honestly worried at a young age that when you had a family of your own i wouldn't spend as much time with you. But you being you, i should have known that would not be a valid concern. You are an overachiever and find ways to balance all the craziness in your life. At my age of 13 when little cousin Maya was born my worries disappeared and i became ecstatic that i was now in YOUR place. I would be the one to watch her grow up, have her over for sleepovers, and take her on mall trips. I will be her buddy and her person to spill her questions and stories on. I am blessed to do for her all that you have done for me. Family is very important to you, and I respect how you find ways to keep a strong connection with each member of our family.
Some memories and appreciation:
I still feel guilty about the time we were leaving the mall, and i started crying over a penguin Webkinz I had found in "Justice." I felt like a terrible person leaving because I had looked at it before and felt like it had feelings. You huffed and puffed and i could tell you were very frustrated, but you had us turn around and go all the way back up the escalators so I could take my penguin home. I'm sorry, and thank you :-)
Love you lots, and enjoy your day!
A Boston social work student, using writing for healing. Sharing the peaks and valleys of an empath's mental health journey.