Hello friends, growing up is tough, I’m sure we can all agree. For some it’s tougher than others. Without getting too heavy, or calling out the little violins to accompany this post. I will just say growing up for me was in deed tough. I grew up far too fast and skipped over the “being a kid” part completely.
I was raised in a very strict household. Children were to be seen and not heard, etc. Only A’s were allowed and extracurricular activities had to be academically valued. Being the eldest I carried a lot of responsibilities (along with stress).
My younger brother is several years my junior and we lacked that wonderful sibling connection so many share growing up. No matter how hard I tried over the years we never connected. We are two people, so very different from one another. Every time I have extended my love and support it has always been rejected (do I hear violins yet?) I finally stopped trying a few years ago.
I used to envy the sibling connections I’d see in my friend’s families. I spent a lot of time alone. I often wrote in my diary about how nice it would be to have a sister to confide in. Someone closer to my age. Someone to lean on, and share confidences with.
I always had very comfortable friendships and a diverse group of friends. But they were no substitute for the sister I had always wanted. A recent announcement on the Oprah Winfrey show regarding the discovery of her half-sister brought forward something I never thought I’d write a blog post about.
I have a sister!
I learned of her and met her for the very first time in 1999! She is beautiful, talented, successful, and artistic. Her name is June (Junko) and she spent her whole life thinking she was an only child and wanting a sister to share with. Although we found each other late in our lives we now have the sister we had both wished for.
We haven’t seen each other in person since 1999. But we stay connected through emails, cards and letters. You see, she lives in Tokyo!
You may wonder why I have a photo of Blythe dolls on this post. My big sister’s company created Blythe. She owns a company called Cross World Connections (CWC) she also represents well known artists. My sister is an extraordinary woman. She has many successful ventures and is also a hula teacher. I am proud to know her, to love her, and to call her my sister. She has a blog too, please click HERE.
Do you have siblings?