Wednesday, December 7, 2011
a Wednesday Celebration
Today, December 7,
marks a very memorable historical event.
Seventy years ago the Japanese fighter planes launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
At 7:55 on the sunny morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, 183 Japanese warplanes swooped out of a cloudless sky and demolished the US Pacific fleet docked at Pearl Harbor. It was this single catastrophic event, not the invasion of Poland, the Battle of Britain or the persecution of the Jews, that finally dragged the United States into World War II.
Moving forward a few years later to December 7, 1949,another war was being waged.
A newcomer into our home was being welcomed by our Parents..however, Jim the brother was having none of that. At 18 months old, he was NOT ready to give up his place as baby and favorite in the family..
(that's me and Jim playing in the washtubs.
Di is in Diapers and Jim is still not wanting her around!)
Her name was Diane..
a black eyed beauty who could easily steal your heart..and that she did!
From the earliest, she and I were allies..
and still are to this day..
It was not until we became adults,equals, that our bond truly connected us..
Our mom passed away when we both were in our 20's..
It was at that time Di became the matriarch of our family. While I was busily gallivanting around the world as a Navy wife, it was she who "kept the home fires burning". Home was Di's..
Whenever the opportunity arose , it was to her house I headed. And a reunion was always in the works..
She is very strong.. an earth mother..
but tenderly loving all the downtrodden ..
whether two-legged or four-legged .
She, like our Mom became a Registered Nurse.
Later ,a Master's Degree in Environmental Management charted her course in another direction, yet still on the same path to saving our world.
Her professional accomplishments are numerous.
She is active in her community in so many ways, often from behind the scenes, conquering the lesser wanted of tasks..yet contributing to the whole, making it complete.
and at others, being the steadfast leader.
Can you tell I am her biggest supporter and Fan?
At times, we can have some very heated "discussions" regarding our differences of political and/or religious opinions.
BUT.. the bottom line remains..
She is my SISTER,
not of my choosing , but God given..
and he knew just the right one to pick for me!
Today, I celebrate HER special day..
with Love, and Joy..
and thanks for being my very bestest friend..
in the whole wide world..