My sister Sue, better known as Susie, are 4 years apart. We grew up outside of Schenectady N.Y. on 2 acres where we had plenty of room to roam. Our brother was born 4 years after I was so my sister and I played together and shared a room (not often done now) before younger brother came along. Our mom was a stay at home Mom until I was in Junior High School when she went back to teaching Home Economics.
My mom was an excellent seamstress and made us dresses, blouses, suits, jackets and always made us special Easter outfits. The fun was shopping for hats, shoes, gloves and a purse! The outfits we are wearing in the photo she made for us. We always enjoyed wearing matching dresses and loved playing outdoors.
Susie went to a secretarial school after High School and moved to Washington DC for a job and met the love of her life. They married and moved to Simi Valley, CA where they started their family with two daughters. Their oldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2. Her husband died of cancer suddenly leaving her with 2 small girls, one very ill but she beat the fight and is married now.
Later after the girls were gone Susie moved to Pittsburgh for 10 years to be there to give support to our mother who had Parkinson’s, always returning to CA for her birthdays and to see her oldest daughter. Her old next door neighbor in Simi Valley lost his wife but always came to her yearly birthday celebrations..their children grew up best friends.
Good things happen to good people. Sue and Rod reconnected and developed a warm and loving relationship blending their family of girls! Rod calls her his Susie-Q and she moved back to Simi Valley and they married.
My sister was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 9 years ago and is now in stage 4 of this disease. Her faith and spirit are an inspiration to all of us! She follows the rule of “keep moving” and even has a trainer for boxing which is a great way to keep her strength up.
Sue lives a life of gratitude and is a perfect example of one of Zig Zigglar’s quotes:
“The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.”
I’m blessed to have a wonderful sister who constantly inspires me and lives a life of faithfulness. She teaches me the true meaning of living a purpose driven life of happiness, caring and giving back to others.
This is my third entry into the Debbie Reynolds November challenge.