Happy Birthday, Darling Sis

Dear Sis,

The first thing that came to mind as I typed the salutation above was how I always address you with this diminutive “Sis”, and how you address me as “Ath”. As you know, in our heritage such words are used to express endearment and affection. Isn’t it quite something to be aware of this, that such a simple act can carry with it such deep meaning?

And so I begin.

Dear Sis,

The paths we have taken in life have seemed vastly different and, practically, they have been. This isn’t surprising given the age difference between us. We only had a handful of years where we lived together. In that time, you were a child and I was busying myself trying to grow into an adult, trying to find a future, whatever that might have meant at the time. I wish I had known then what I know now. I wish I had laughed with you more, that we had played together more. I wish I had known how to join you as you walked through the world as you greeted it, with the pure eyes of a child.

The roads we have travelled, the choices we have made, have taken us to many places physically, emotionally, and socially. The experiences we have pursued and encountered have been vastly different. We have grown, shaped as we have been, to disagree on many things, yet there has always been something under the sheaves of survival that we have shrouded ourselves in.

This week, after I posted the piece that I composed to our father you wrote to me: “It was beautiful to read…that you have landed in a place of love, honouring the moments that connect you to your heart and the love that there was between you.”

This connection to the heart, tesoro, is the commonality that we share. It pains me, deeply, that I failed to see this earlier, that it has taken me so much time and effort to find this cloverleaf. Now that I have, however, I can feel every pulse. It is, indeed, a precious place to be.

I could have written this to you personally. However, this is something that I want the world to know.

Above, I wished you Happy Birthday, but these are not the words that convey what my true sentiments are. And so I close this piece with the only words I have that can speak of what I feel.

I love you.

Published by Athan Rodostianos

Educator, world traveller, dreamer. The world is there and open. Live it, love it, breathe it share your experiences, be kind, be good.

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