My Sister

Now 5 years later

5 years ago my only sibling, Rhonda was involved in a multi-car accident near St Louis which took her life. We were living in Maryland at the time. There I was sitting on hold, waiting for a training to begin when my niece called with the news. Fortunately, I had many friends who happened to be in the training too. Needless to say, I was in shock. One of my friends on the line was Patty W.

Fast forward about two months we met up with my sister-in-law and her husband at Disney. The Epcot Center has a beautiful butterfly garden where I took several beautiful photos. The butterflies made me cry, thinking of the untimely loss of my only sibling. I texted one of the photos to Patti and shared with her how much Rhonda loved butterflies.

A couple of weeks ago, there I was in another training, the leader asked if someone would be willing to volunteer to be a client for a moc intake type interview, so I did. Without intention, I found myself answering the questions as if I were my sister which brought up feelings about how much I miss her, how hard her life was…

The following day I received a box in the mail from Patty, just a random gift of appreciation. I opened the box to find a pillow made from the photo I had taken 5 years earlier at Epcot with the addition of the words “living in gratitude”