I’ve often said I don’t know what I’d do without Bee and J.

My sister and brother have known me my entire life.  They grew up in the same Navy family. They saw me move through my bizarre teen years, into college, and then stood with me on my wedding day while I promised to love and cherish BrightSide.  They’ve loved me through all of my struggles, my good times and bad, unfailingly and without reservation.

I know how lucky I am.  Many people have brothers and sisters they aren’t close to, or their siblings haven’t earned the trust that our family has built over the years.  We have a relationship that I dream T-man and Bear will grow into together.  I would love for them to be able to rely on one another as they move through life.

There have been countless times I’ve felt their strength flowing through me, but perhaps never quite as forcefully as in our time with mom.  Her stay in the hospital, her move to Hospice, waiting with her as she passed through her final days with us…Bee and J. helped anchor our family through a time that I can’t imagine having to endure without them.

Now we’re ready to say our final goodbye to mom.  There are a lot of people who feel her loss, but only two others in the world have known her as our mother.  I feel especially blessed that we can stand together through this moment.


My post as part of Colline’s Gratitude Project.