While most of us live provinces apart, some of my cousins and I are fortunate to be as close as brothers and sisters could ever really biologically be. My uncle (their father) was my mother’s brother and my aunt (their mother) is my father’s sister. If you put us in a room together, you would assume us all brothers and sisters.
One of these cousins is one of my favourite cousins (they are all favourites but for different reasons.) I had the good fortune of spending a few years of childhood growing up near him and then he lived here on the west coast briefly when I was a teenager. During his time in BC, he actually defended me and my honour in a situation with my then boyfriend. That’s just the kind of good guy he is. He returned to his Ontario roots and eventually married one of the loveliest women I have ever known.
While I have yet to meet her in person, we have corresponded for years via email, Facebook, etc and I feel like we are connected by both “family hip” and our woman-sister hearts.
This year, my dear cousin by marriage endured a very serious surgery and amid her grueling challenges, has always taken the high road. While many of the rest of us were engaged in squabbles, differences and polarizations born of matters so small as to be but a speck in the grand scheme of things, this lovely woman continued to post her often hilarious remarks, informing us of her healing journey and who she is in every communication.
Today, I would like to share, with her permission, just a little taste of who she is. Enjoy this peek into Christmas and the heart of this woman I have grown to so love. Thanks, Lise, for permission to share some of your lovely pictures, awesome woman! Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, Merry Everything to everyone!
Dec 18 2011