I recently lost my older sister Maria from a rare form of cancer that was aggressive. Heartbroken from such a devastating loss makes me once again assess my life and my mortality. I’m thankful that I know how much my sister Maria loved me and how much I loved her. Of course I miss her and as I’m writing this reflection tears are streaming down my face. You see we were three years apart and Maria was naturally a nurturer since she was a little girl. She was a girly girl and had to have her hair done which was beautiful, nails , and makeup complete with her favorite red lipstick! Maria was petite, cute, kind and fierce. She told it like it was without judgment and that made you love her even more. As an adult, she took care of our Dad when he became ill and then later she took great care of our mommy. She helped my brother and protected him. Not only that she helped raise my son and since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis she would often help me in so many ways. I am forever grateful to have had such a loving sister. I will hold onto the wonderful memories of our childhood bike riding together, going to Great Adventures, family outings and vacations, hanging out in the clubs or at home playing our favorite albums. I had the privilege of being in a singing group with Maria and our childhood friend Tracy and so much wonderful , happy memories, too many to name. But I will never ever forget the love she had for me, her baby sister. Until we see each other again, always in my heart!
Rest In Peace my Angel!