Today is your birthday Hermanita, Manuela.
As little girls we slept together in the same bed, we scratched each other’s backs.
We tickled each other, beyond fun.
We played jacks, tether ball, hide & seek and volleyball.
We ran wild in the projects of Huron y Polvadero.
We fought against each other as sisters do.
We kept secrets.
We cleaned house together.
We sang and danced together.
We got in trouble alone and together. We were told, we were “traviesas,” but I think we were overly inquisitive and so hungry for life.
We’ve shared pain alone and together. One of your best gifts is your sense of humor, you always crack me up.
As the eldest I tried to care for you all; the best I could when Mama left me in charge.
I went away to college; and you all followed me.
We’ve gone in different directions, but as I grow older, I see more and more of the similarities in our dreams, desires, hopes, thinking, and direction.
Thank you for being Mi Hermana.
Thank you for introducing me to the Lord. Thank you for being an Hija de Dios.
May you have a Blessed Birthday, surrounded by all your loved ones.
I wrote this for my sister on May 18, 2016, for her birthday on May 20.