I have the greatest sister, Elisabeth Ann – Betsy. My grandfather used to call her Betsy BoBo and she was the sweetest, cutest little girl imaginable. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Betsy has always been there for me through good times and bad – I can always count on her. Her compassion reaches far and wide. She is the neighborhood ambassador; welcoming anyone who moves in, organizing get-to-gethers, and always ready to help when needed. She volunteers at the local food bank because she truly cares. Her love of animals is huge. And, of course, animals love her. My girls go crazy when she comes to visit – guess where they sleep when she visits?
A sister can be seen as someone who is
both ourselves and very much not
ourselves – a special kind of double.
Betsy is most definitely an artist of the everyday. Her home is beautiful and welcoming – inside and out. She is creative in many ways. When she takes on an art/craft project she excels. We’ve had lots of fun together making jewelry, collages and of course cooking. She’s a great cook and a gracious host when entertaining. Everyone loves to come to Betsy and Steve’s house for dinner. It always promises to be a fun time with lots of yummy food.
I don’t think an accident of birth makes
people sisters or brothers. It makes
them siblings, gives them mutuality
of parentage. Sisterhood and
brotherhood is a condition
people have to work at.
My mother is so very fortunate to have a daughter like Betsy who takes care of her so well. Betsy (and Steve) do everything they can to make my mom’s life comfortable and enjoyable.
Betsy is a great traveling companion. She’s adventurous and open to trying most things. She’s curious and interested – loves to learn about new places and people. Our holidays together are always filled with good food and wine, laughter, exploration, learning new things – just plain enjoyment!
A sister is both your mirror-
and your opposite.
My sister, my friend.
Betsy’s not only an amazing sister and loving daughter but maybe most important, a wonderful mother. I’m sure Jessica would agree.