Happy Birthday Sis

My sister has always been the golden child of the family. Smart, nice, sugary sweet, big smile and a laugh that makes everyone turn and look while we’re dining in a restuarant. She can also be as stubborn as a crooked nail, fiesty and emotional. But it all fits as a good package. She always greets you with a toothy smile and feeds you, even if she’s low on food. She likes to write thank-you notes for even the smallest things, and it always makes one feel good. Ever since our young years she has been a giving soul.

I remember when the county fair came to town and my sister and I begged my father to take us. When we entered the fair grounds our little eyes were filled with images of toys, stuffed animals and prizes galore. The excitement was almost unbearable. One stuffed animal that caught my eye was a carrot. This was long before the era of Veggie Tales so I don’t know why I was so enamored with a stuffed carrot that had a face sewn one. All I know is I wanted that carrot. My dad said we could only play one or two carnival games, so of course I pick one of the hardest, but coolest games to play. I played the one where you use an automatic squirt gun to shoot water in a metal clown’s mouth that has a balloon attached to the top. If you succeed in getting most of the water in the clown’s mouth the balloon pops and you win a prize, hopefully in the form of a stuffed vegetable.

I loved guns as a kid so this game was a no brainer. I also thought at the tender age of 6.5 that I was hot stuff and could do it no problem. As you can imagine it was MUCH harder than it looked and I got no where near popping the balloon. I was really upset, I wanted that carrot. Megan (my sis) on the other hand chose to play some sort of table top bowling game and she actually won! The one-eyed knuckle draggin’ carnie asked her what prize she wanted. Lo and behold she chose the carrot! At this point I was crushed, the one prize I really wanted and she got it! I remember I started to cry a little because I was so sad. As the tears rolled down my cheeks, a moment in time was forever sealed in my memory. My sister turned to me, held up the carrot and in a soft voice said, “Here, you can have it.” Just like something out of a Hallmark movie (which I would never watch voluntarily). It was one of the sweetest things ever, I still remember it this very day, her birthday. Since that day she has only gotten sweeter and more caring, which is good because at times I still get a little wimpy when it comes to vegetables. Thankfully she’s there to make it all right. Thanks for all the memories and good times sis! Happy 31st!


  1. Phil said,

    November 24, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    Wow,3 bday posts in a row!

    You still cry to get things!

  2. normaljean said,

    November 24, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! :)

  3. Mego said,

    November 25, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    hey bro… what a sweet story– of course i have no recollection of it.. but now i can print it out and save it… thanks for the good times. i’m glad i got to celebrate with you.. and i’m looking forward to those sweaty hands!!

  4. momma said,

    November 27, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    Was I not there either!! love you Mego and Mikey!!

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