Thursday, April 3, 2008

And you thought I was interesting...

I have a big family. I am the fifth out of six children and our family is spread out over three states and a continent. I have a sister in Colorado who I don't speak to (and she doesn't jump up to speak to me either), she has three children who will barely know their cousins until later on in life; and a husband who isn't really worth mentioning. I have a sister in Long Island, who I also barely speak to (but that is due to our family non-communication communication style) who has twin daughters and a husband who is deceased. There is a brother who lives in NYC with his Brazilian wife (who is a month younger than me), they have a great little boy child. There is also another brother (the only one younger than me) who got married 5 days before I gave birth to the Babe and who is currently living at Camp Liberty in Iraq while his wife (who is also US Army) lives in Oklahoma. They have no children, but eventually I am betting they will reproduce - like when they are living in the same country for more than a week at a time
And I have saved the best for last, even though she is the first born. My eldest sister lives in Boston with her dog. I don't remember much of her while growing up as there is a 12 year difference in our ages, but what I do remember of her is this offbeat, independent, strong female that was someone I wanted to emulate when I grew up. Of all my sister's she is the one who I would trust with my child (or children) if it ever became a question of having to find a place for them.
I learned last night that my eldest sister has begun the process of adopting a child, and that she is blogging about the journey. She hasn't told our parents yet and I am on recon to see if they will be home the weekend she wants to tell them. I feel like I am charged with national security secrets as this is exciting news and I am bursting to tell someone! So I tell the strangers and friends who read these posts and I hope you will go on over and congratulate my sister.

6 comments:

Mary said...

Holy cow, that's big news--good for her, it sounds like something she's thought about long & hard and I say more power to her. :+) Good luck getting the parents lined up for the big reveal!

And yes, I do find your family & their dynamics interesting--it sounds so different than our constant unrelenting Midwesternness around here, with everybody in everybody else's pockets all the time. (Yes, I'm a little stir-crazy lately.)

Liz said...

Hey Reggie - thanks for the nice words! Although it's nice that you think I'm a year younger than I am (or maybe you think you are a year older than you really are?), I'm actually 13 years older than you! And if you want people to understand why it so weird that you are one month older than the Brazilian wife, you should have mentioned that the NYC brother is 8 years older than you.

But other than that, nice job! Are you regretting yet that you let me on to your blog?

regina said...

no you turned 40 this year right? and i turned 28 today so 40-28= 12...wait no i just realized you turned 40 in 07 ok fine you are 12 years and 8 months older

Liz said...

Now I know why no one called me on my big 4-0 birthday last year, you thought it was this year...

Liz said...

PS - happy birthday!

Erin said...

Hi Reg,
I just saw your comment on my blog - thanks for the dorm advice, but not sure that would really be any better than my upstairs 1 bdrm for all 3 of us.

Seems suspicious to me that Liz linked to your blog the same day you were so supportive and complementary.

Erin
P.s. I can still zip my jacket so I guess I have made it through the winter! yippee!