Yesterday was the anniversary of two people brought into this world that have changed my life: my ex husband and my sister. Happy Birthday to the both of you.
I took a bit of time as I was going to get the mail at work to call my sister. She lives back home in IL in a small town in Bloomington. We live in two completely different worlds, not just zip codes.
Hers is one of black and white. Mine is…
She works at a school over there doing administration and testing. She went right into college after high school and has a degree as a social worker. Until a couple of years ago, she was doing nothing with it. She was working in a Copy Max as a retail manager.
She, for the most part has stayed in the same place her whole life. I have lived the life of a vagabond.
Her relationship with my more colorful yet corporate dad is strained. My relationship with the mundane nothingness that is my mother’s world is far from being anything grand.
My sister and I look little alike. She takes after my mother and I’m very much so like dad. I have had no problems finding suitors. She has always struggled.
She nearly married her high school sweetheart.
Nearly is a good word when it doesn’t apply to you.
Nearly won the Pulitizer prize.
Nearly made it to work on time.
Nearly got into that club for the party of the century.
It’s definition should simply be: first loser.
It’s a word that would succinctly capture the story about Shawn. But that’s the cart before the horse.
Jessica’s highschool sweetheart, Willy, broke up with her and married the woman right after her. My sister must not have taken this very well as she then turned around and married his older brother- a year to the day after. But hey, maybe she really meant it when she said it wasn’t intentional and that Shawn didn’t remember that when they picked the date. I mean, he is a recovering alcoholic after all so I could completely understand that reasoning of logic.
My sister had been since supporting him throughout the duration of their marriage thusfar while he just mooched off her. After exiting a marriage where my husband didn’t want me to be independent financially, I couldn’t fathom why she ever would want to carry a “man.”
I remember the days when we were younger we used to play together. Hell there may be a cassette tape where we recorded bits and goofed around with buried somewhere in piles of things left in my mothers garage in suburbian IL.
These days? We don’t talk much. Not for lack to talk about, but more of the “agree to disagree” sort of lifestyle differences. I understand her choices but I don’t think she understands mine. Again, she is like mom and I oftentimes find myself questioning mom if she and I even legitamitatly share DNA.
Needless to say I have never really been close to that side of my family. I wish it were different. Maybe in another dimension it would be.
Yesterday I called her. I’d heard pieces from dad about how things were with her. Reminders of how much so we really were not alike.
I wasn’t sure if the rumor that Shawn would be going to jail for violation of his probation was true or if somehow he’d gotten his act together. He’d gotten into drugs and was being watched regarding selling.
My family has said that they hope she leaves Shawn, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. They have a child together. My sister has always wanted to be loved and have children. I saw the look in her eyes as I went on my way and had mine.
It is for these reasons that I tried to talk to her yesterday. I wanted to see if she was alright. Instead when I asked how things, she was secretive.
I asked her if she was ok. She operated as if nothing were wrong.
“He’s away. He will be away for a long time. But it’s alright. We are still together.”
She didn’t need to tell me. I knew then that he had gone to jail.
“Where is away? Is it a business trip? What’s going on?”
She got upset. Told me it was nothing. Told me thank you for calling. She got abrasive.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the entrance of two people who would change my life. I am happy with where I came from. I am happy with where I am going. I am glad that our paths crossed ways. I am also glad… that we are parting.
Like so many people I run into… she seems to not realize her potential.
I’m noticing a pattern and taking some action.
It’s going to be a long December. For me, this one is going to be focused on working further towards my own potential in double time. Thanks for the reminder sis and best of luck to you.