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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Gallery...Happy Memories of my Big Sister

Tara's prompt this week is a Happy Memory.  Of course my happiest times nowadays involve my wonderful husband and  my amazing children. They continue to deliver me so many happy memories it would be hard to pinpoint just one.  So instead I'm looking back to a time before I had my own family, who are the major source of my current happiness.  I'm going back to my own childhood.

I'm the little one.
 The best thing about my childhood was having my two big sisters.  Although whatever we did as children would inevitably end in tears (usually mine!)  I always had someone there for me.  As I got older I appreciated my big sisters more and more, spending time with them when they left home.


My eldest sister Carol became my confidante, my inspiration and my hero.  I adored her and her confident, devil-may care attitude to life.  She was ten years my senior, but we both had our first child within 18 months of each other.  I spent so much time at her house.  Shadowing her.  Idolising her.  She was funny, hilariously funny.  There was nothing she wouldn't do for a laugh, and there was never a dull moment when I was with my big sister.  There was nothing conventional about my sister, she was one of a kind and I have so many happy memories of being with her.  Shopping, eating, watching TV, socialising, dancing, singing...everything was done with a zest for life and a warmth that I've never encountered in anyone else before or since. 


This photo was taken in Windsor Great Park the morning after a family party to celebrate my mum's 60th birthday.  Carol (middle on the pic) was on top form as she always was, making us all laugh and making us all feel special.  She had a real gift for creating happiness and she shared it selflessly.  She was an absolute legend.

I have so many happy memories of spending time with Carol during my teens and my early 20's.  It breaks my heart that it came to an end sixteen years ago, when her life was taken away by the indiscriminate evil that is cancer.  I miss my sister so much, but the happy memories can never be erased.  I love you Carol and always will.

13 comments:

  1. Some lovely memories Wendy, it must've been hard to write this post
    xxx

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  2. Oh Wendy what a wonderful tribute to your big sister and what a shame she was taken away from you so young. Xx

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  3. Beautiful post Wendy. I'm so sorry she was taken away from you. Hugs. xx

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  4. what lovely memories and so sorry she is no longer around for you xx

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  5. What beautiful memories and how lucky you were to have someone so special in your life. Cancer is such a cruel thing. I think your sister would be so proud of all you have achieved over the last 16 years. x

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  6. Beautiful tribute to your big sister - I am so sorry she was taken away. Cancer is cruel. You really do have some beautiful memories and photos to treasure forever x

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  7. Such a beautiful post, the last lines have made me cry as my partner is shall we say, now under the care of an oncologist. (I won't clog up your comments with saying more, still finding it difficult to talk to anyone...) But thank you for sharing your memories of your beautiful sister. Loving the denim mini skirt number.

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  8. She is a real beauty on the outside and from what you say on the inside too. Thanks for sharing a post that must have been hard to write.
    My try is over on Kate on Thin Ice blog this week

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  9. Thanks for sharing such an emotional post Wendy- it must have been very hard to write. There are 10 years between me and my little sister so this post really hit home. Your sister sounded like a wonderful sister and person. x

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  10. A lovely photo and some very special memories for you thank you for posting and reminding me of how lucky I am to have my two big sisters.

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  11. Everything you have written about Carol in your blog is true - she really was a very special person and to know her was to love her. We, as a family, all miss her so much but I have some wonderful memories of her. I especially remember my 60th birthday celebration when we were all together - it was a very special time and I will never forget it.

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  12. I am so sorry you lost your sister, but sounds like you have so many happy memories to hold in your heart. x

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  13. I had tears in my eyes whilst reading this. You obviously loved and miss her very much but have lots of happy memories. I cannot imagine not having my Sister around, I am so sorry you've lost yours xxx

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