This is Annie. She’s my big sister. She’s been my sister all my life. (She also had 16 years pre-me.) And she’s fabulous.
Now, don’t think I say that fabulous thing lightly, like some meme touting the fabulous-ness of sisters. She really is fabulous.
Annie is retiring from a lifetime of educational service in both the private and public sector. You might think we had edu-conflicts over the years since homeschooling runs through my edu-veins.
But Annie isn’t just a teacher, she’s an educator.
I remember … oh dear, I could share a lot of memories with you, but I’m here to show you who my big sister is. And to honor her for who she is. Not only is Annie an educator …
Annie is a Mom
Annie is the Nana of Graduates
Annie is the Nana of the Bride
Annie Grows a Big (and Big-hearted) Grandson
Annie is a Celebrator
Annie has Fun
Annie is a Caregiver
Annie Loves the Littles
Annie Supports the Military
Annie Has Ears to Listen
Annie has Her Eyes On You
Our Annie is Married to Our Jimmy
Annie is … Annie
And … Annie Knows How to Relax
We hope she gets plenty of that ^^^ now that she is retired!
I love you and I am so proud of YOU!
And if David, our brother (your little, my big) were here on earth he would tell you he’s proud of you, too!
An Open Note to Annie
Annie, you were the first born of the first family and I was the only born of the second family. So many times, even though we were born of the same parents, I have felt isolated from my three siblings because you all have been more than a decade ahead of me.
But as I got older, you influenced my life in so many ways. On days that I wanted to quit and run away, you were there loving me, encouraging me, being real with me.
By sharing your struggles, you let me know it was ok to struggle.
By sharing your joys, you let me know it was ok to play.
By sharing your love, you let me know there are many ways to love.
Of All the Students
Of all the students you’ve had over the years, I think I am far the most lucky, for I not only have had you for a teacher, I’ve had you for a sister, and for a friend.