At her party on Saturday, the young adults couldn't get over our resemblance.
I've never thought we looked all that much alike. Um. Yeah we do.
We've always looked like sisters, but growing up we all looked very different. I had lighter brown hair and green eyes. Am had blonde hair and blue eyes. Jane had dark brown hair and brown eyes. Tom was a boy, with blonde hair and blue eyes. As we get older (and dye our hair various colors) we definitely look more and more alike.
Janie beat me to the punch with a fantastic FB post to Am just past midnight last night. So now I need to do my thing without stealing any of Jane's words. OH, the pressure!
Annemarie was born 25 months after me. My life as an only child came to a crashing end; I don't remember any of it. Then, Jane joined us and suddenly Am came into her perfectly suited role in our family, the peacekeeper. Seriously. Look at her beautiful face. She is innately calm and kind, except of course, when she's not.
This is hokey, but it's my blog, so I'm going for it:
A - Amazingly talented baker and cook. I always get a corner piece of cake when she cuts it. Bonus!
N - Nurturer. You can't have four kids in five years and not be a great nurturer. Until I had my own kids I really had no clue how she did it. I still don't. Each one of her kids is their own person. Beautiful. Brilliant. Funny. Very much like their mom. (Oh, OK, Ted's damn handsome and smart and funny too, but this is Am's post...)
N - Natural. You can't live on an organic farm for more than 25 years without being one with nature and the earth and products that are good for the environment and human alike.
E - Entertaining. Seriously. One of Am's classic statements, "I killed myself laughing!" She entertains herself an awful lot and the rest of us too.
M - Mother. That is the role that has defined her for almost half her life. As the mom of my first niece and first nephew and second niece and second nephew, all in a really quick period of time, the past 22 years have been about raising amazing people. And cats. Really. TOO many damn cats.
A - Academic. I know. It seems like a crazy adjective to use. BUT. This woman is frightening smart. Am was Wikipedia BEFORE Wikipedia was invented. Now, she may make stuff up. I'm not saying she does...but, she might.
R - Reader. Nobody reads as much as Am. Harlequin Romance novels are her favorites. Especially the Blaze series.
::: shaking my head as I write this; a family filled with romantics :::
I - Involved. Annemarie saw not one, but two, Girl Scout troops all the way through their Gold Awards. THIS IS HUGE. She is a gifted educator at the Cornell Cooperative.
E - Enchanting. There has always been something about Am that was princess-like Maybe it was the blonde hair? Maybe it was the blue eyes? Maybe it was her innate ability to talk to animals? Maybe it was her ability to stop fights?
Life hasn't always been easy for Annemarie. She always smiles through the storms. She is a tremendous role model to me on how to raise fantastic people. She bakes THE best oatmeal rolls on the planet. She is generous. She is innately fantastic. She is, my sister. xoxo
Chance made us sisters. Hearts made us friends.
Please, join me in wishing Annemarie a tremendously happy 50th birthday. She'll love it. I promise.