Thursday, May 17, 2012
THURSDAY RAMBLINGS - RUNNING WITH MY SISTER
My sister is coming in for the Lantern Festival on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It would be just us "girls" because my husband will be driving to Detroit to visit his sister who has been suffering from manic depression since her divorce. It worked out that we both got to spend special time with our sisters. I visited CH in November after she moved to Atlanta last year (September 2011). This will be the 4th time CH visits St. Louis. The 1st time was in 1996 to see the exhibit of Lewis and Clark bicentennial expedition. We drove to Memphis and Nashville when CH came to visit last year. We had a great time at the Grand Ole Opry.
CH is my only sister and 4 years younger. Our childhood was different because we did not do most of the regular things sisters would do since CH was born with muscular dystrophy. She did not walk on her own until she was almost 7 years old. What CH lacks physically, she made up for having a brilliant mind. Growing up, CH was unable to go to school but I was able to provide regular lessons based on the curriculum I had learned. By the time CH was able to walk and began to attend school, she not only was placed in the grade according to her age but was much more advanced than other kids. From the time we came to America, CH has taken full advantage of all the benefits available. CH graduated among the top of her class, earned a full scholarship to Hunter College, and another full scholarship from New York University for her graduate degree. CH has always been an indepedent person. She never allowed physical difficulties became the barriers of her goals to live life to the fullest. CH has travelled to all the countries in Europe, Russia, enjoyed many cruises and visited most of the States. A smart investor, CH was able to make wise decision when she purchased a condo in Park Slope, New York and again in Atlantic Station, Atlanta. I am proud of my sister and her accomplishments. CH is an example of the strength of human spirit to overcome obtacles and what the American Dream offers to those willing to do what it takes to reach their goals. I look forward to spending quality time with my sister. Just hope we don't get into the subject of politics and which direction America should be moving forward in the coming (election) years!