Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Heather (the "perfect" sister)


I was almost two when Heather was born, so I have absolutely no memories that pre-date her. That's a wonderful thing, because she's been a steady force for good in my life.


She's the "angel" middle child. The peacemaker 3rd-of-6 who always manages to be liked by everyone. (The mother's curse even worked to get her four angel-children of her very own.)

She's also the sister with the blond hair that my mother thought was a lot like spun gold. When she decided to get it permed like her big sisters, my dad spend the afternoon brushing it so it wouldn't take.

In high school, I caught her singing along to the radio while reading a book. I've never been able to figure out how she does that.

Several years ago, she served as a very young Relief Society President of her ward. For those of you who don't know what that is, she was in charge of the women's service organization of her congregation, including all the welfare efforts, funerals, instruction, visiting teaching program, etc, etc, etc. This is a job normally handled by someone much older. (I was going to say wiser, but Heather is very wise already.)

Like my big sister Denise (see April 1st), Heather married at nineteen. Where Denise missed my high school graduation for her honeymoon, I missed Heather's wedding because I was on a church mission. I did get to meet her husband before I left, though, and heartily approved. In fact, I ended up marrying a man very much like hers.

She now lives in the same city as Denise and serves as president of Denise's choir. We all look alike, but Heather is so short (and blond), the choir members who elected her didn't even know that they were sisters (different married names). Some of my favorite memories (then and now) is when we all get together (with my mom and sister Vanessa) to sing. I sooo wish I lived closer and could see them more.

Also like Denise, Heather is working hard to show the rest of us up in the fitness department. As a working mother of four, you'd think she wouldn't have time to spend hours in the gym, but she does and she looks amazing.

So do you have a sibling who's annoyingly perfect, but too nice to hate?

7 comments:

  1. I only have one sister, no brothers of blood but one of my cousins is my brother for every intent and purpose, however I come from a very big extended family where all of the cousins spent much of our youth together. I have great fond memories and I love them all so much, but there will always be a special place in my heart for my sister and my brother. Those two I could never live without and even though we live far away now (they live in Mexico city and I in Norwalk, Ct) I can feel their hearts beating at the same time as mine. Miss them so much...

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

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    1. Siblings are the coolest. I'll never understand the trend of only-children.

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  2. Heather is a real go-getter! I have two siblings but neither are perfect. lol

    It must be cool to have a sis who you can be proud of.

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    1. LOL--I have five siblings and I'm proud of them all... but only one is perfect. :)

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  3. No, just a great sister. That works for me.

    Nice tribute to your sister.

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    1. Great is really close to perfect. :)

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  4. No siblings at all! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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