Here’s to you Rita Louise

Sometimes there are those people who come into your life that, from the instant you meet them, you know that there was always a place for them. Without you even knowing it, you had been waiting on them to fill that place and suddenly they are there and it feels right. Such is the case for me with my friend Rita Louise (no that is not her real name).

Growing up there were only two children in my family, my brother and myself. As much as I love my brother, I always wondered what it would be like to have a sister, as I saw the interaction that others had with their female siblings. Granted, some of those interactions were not so great, but there were those that grew into beautiful friendships, especially in brother – sister relationships, that added just that extra special touch to their lives.

An amazing thing happens when someone comes along to fill that void. That person comes into your life that gives you the opportunity to experience what having a sister is like. You can say anything to them, joke with them, cry with them and support them, as if they were always meant to be part of the fabric of your life. You can call each other out on their mistakes and build and support each other up with the positive. Even without sharing the genetic make up, you know in your heart that you are family because you were meant to be.

In my down times, my sister friend has a way to pick me up and make me laugh. We inject a rivalry into the relationship to see who can make each other laugh the hardest that almost has a way of countering the aging process and make us feel like kids again. While I am sure at times it is annoying to those around us, it is always done with love and kindness of the heart that is only possible when you have that true bond of love and friendship that permits you to be exactly who you are and nothing else.

One of the many things that I enjoy in our friendship is making up names for her. I have come up with so many names, that at this point I suspect that she is going through an identity crisis. While she has done the same to me, through it I have learned that my quick wit and ability to retort quickly can be matched and that makes me smile.

Today, my thanks goes out to my friend RL for giving me that sister relationship. For showing me what it is like to have that brother sister bond that has all the quirky, funny, happy and yes even annoying qualities that a true brother sister relationship has. I hope that if you were a person that did not have a brother or sister as a child, that you too find that relationship in your later years that gives you the experience that you desire. Here’s to you Rita Louise! I love ya.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


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One Comment on “Here’s to you Rita Louise

  1. What a sweet story Ron. There are some of us who have a sister, but not the bond we had hoped for. I have discovered many “sisters” in my life. It’s the beautiful women I know who have accepted me, supported me, and laughed with me. I cherish all of them for filling my life with love and joy. Thanks for sharing your story. Kim

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