Happy Birthday to the best sister in the world!! You have been the person who has been by my side the longest. You protected me when I was little, you shared your cookies and cake with me (she would bring home half her treats that she got in school for her baby sister who was still at home). You also tried to drown me on more than one occasion, but I will let that go....for now. As we grew, we grew apart, as sisters will do when one is in high school and the other is an annoying junior high kid. When we moved to Texas, you were my rock when things were tough and whether you know it or not I really depended on you being there for me and love you for that. The college years, well, you taught me how to, ahem, we'll say "enjoy life"!
You inspire me all the time. I used to want to be like you but I know that I can't because you are your own unique and lovely person. You approach life with an open and giving heart, and well, we all know that I'm just too selfish!! Thanks for being my sister and best friend. May we always keep one another in our hearts...and always remember to laugh together!!
Marti - I love you.