My youngest sister celebrated her birthday while I was in Guatemala. I could not be with her on her special day. So I wrote this for her.
This is from sister # 1. By sister # 1, it merely implies I was 1st born in chronological order, the eldest. Because I think we can all admit # 1 was always Dudies. To our Mama, you were her baby and favorite. And you were so gosh darn “special & cute” it was fine. I am sorry Augie and I cannot be here with you today. I know you understand.
Awhile back, I heard this song and saw the video associated with the song, it not only spoke to me, it spoke in capital letters! And, I just knew I had to use it for you! I researched it and, I learned the name; Perfect Love/Mary’s Song. I knew this was God’s doing, not mine.
I remember how adamant Mama was about naming you Mary. She didn’t want anyone to call you Maria, she said, “it had to be Mary.” Hmmm, that didn’t work so well, huh Dudies?
At this time I need to pay tribute to our Mama for raising 7 hard-working, respectful and productive children. It is so hard to convey the beauty of anyone’s spirit, but our Mama was the real thing. Thank you Mama, you worked so hard to instill good values in your children; to be disciplined, to take pride in what we did, to be hard-working and yet almost contradictory, you wanted us to be free-thinking with wild little spirits, to be hungry for knowledge, to never give up, and if you fell, get up again! She was our biggest supporter. Most importantly, you introduced us to our Lord.
And like many women you did it alone. You were a single Mama. I know it was hard and overwhelming at times. I can’t even imagine how you did it. But you did.
Dudies, you were very young when I left home. But, I knew you were special and had leadership qualities at a very young age. Mama had thrown out an old mattress that no longer had support, by the dumpster. The neighborhood kids started jumping on it and doing tricks. You immediately “took charge” by lining them up in an orderly fashion. And your little entrepreneur mind kicked in and you started charging the kids! I was impressed. I could go on with your antics, but everyone here knows the jokester you are and the heart you possess.
I prefer to elaborate on the latter. At a very young age you tried to introduce our family to our Lord. I recall you playing Christian music. What you and Manuela have done for our family must be recognized and acknowledged. I want to Thank you both. How do you thank or re-pay someone for introducing them to our Lord.
I also hope you know how proud your family is of you and all your accomplishments. You are pretty amazing, and we all know that and are Blessed because of You. I recall many years ago, Augie saying, “your sister doesn’t only study the bible, she lives it!”
Augie & Ray