August 2 is my sister Shirley’s birthday. She would have been 76 today. Here’s the birthday card I bought for her a couple of months ago.
I think she would have gotten a kick out of it.
During the viewing and funeral in early July, many people came up to me and said I looked just like Shirley, that I could be her twin. Growing up, I never really saw the resemblance.
I was blinded by our age gap. Now when I see photos of her, especially those from when she was in her 20s, I’m stunned by how much I looked like her when I was the same age. It makes me both happy and sad. I’m happy that when people see me, they see her too. I’m sad that I only came to know this now.
In any case …
Happy Birthday, Shirley! I love you and miss you bunches.
Marie A Bailey
Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.