Saturday, April 21, 2012

She Inspires Me: My Sister Kd

It's been a while since I have done one of these.  And it is kind of a tricky thing.  I have two sisters, and I love them equally, of course.  The fact is, the three of us had an interesting dynamic growing up.  Two of us were pretty tight and one of us was often excluded.  I will admit it, I was the one who shut her out.  She was two years younger than me, but she outgrew me when we were both really young.  She was confident, popular; whenever my friends came over, it seemed like she would steal them away from me.  Or maybe that was me, trying to steal her friends away from her.  Needless to say, Kd and I didn't exactly get along when we were younger.  As a matter of fact, we had some pretty vicious fights.  One thing I always respected about her, though, was she was always the first to apologize, even on occasions when it was totally my fault.  It was a quality I admired and struggled to emulate.

As I said before, she was also really popular, friendly, outgoing.  Full of energy.  Fun.  Talented.  She had a way of making people feel really good about themselves.  She was great at the jobs she had, checker at Clark's Market, waitress at Elk Ridge Restaurant.  She was and is so good at customer service, people loved being served by her.  I know people would go out of their way to use her checkout line and she often received the best tips.

She has a huge heart and is also very tender-hearted.  She feels things deeply.  I love how passionate she is about life and the things she cares about, which is a list forever long.  One of the things she is passionate about is being healthy and helping others be healthy.  She has lost a lot of weight in the past year, and it has all been from making good eating choices and being active.  She teaches a super-fun Zumba class at the Wellness Center and I love when people tell me how much they enjoy her classes and how good she looks.  She really is awesome.

It is so fun to be able to tell people she is my sister.  I love and adore her.  Another great quality she has is she never hesitates to help others.  I can't even remember now what it was, but I ran into someone at the grocery store one day and they thanked me effusively for a kind deed that I had done.  I was confused at the time, because I had no idea what they were talking about.  Then, I realized they had confused me for her.  As soon as I could, I let them know she was the one who deserved the praise.  I love being related to her!

Yesterday, she had a birthday.  I got to join her and one of her best friends, Spring Berrett for lunch.  It was really fun to get to celebrate her.  She is so fun to be around and a joy in every way.  I hope she knows how much I love her and how much she inspires me to be a better person, in every way.

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