After such an awful year, I finally have something to be excited about and I'm about to burst, so I wanted to tell my spiney friends about it.
My niece is coming to visit me on January 5 and she'll be here for a week. She's 41 years old and coming to visit from Ireland.
When she was young, we were more like sisters than niece and aunt and I love her dearly. (My sister, her mom who I was always close to, was 10 years older than me and had her at an early age, thus I'm just 8 years older than her.)
At 18, she had been reading books and researching about Ireland and decided that she should have been born there. So she moved there, all alone, knowing not a soul, and has been there ever since - what a strong young lady she was. Oddly, we didn't keep in touch like I thought we would, but we'd write letters once in a while at first. Sadly, inevitably we lost touch especially since there was no such thing as email and texting back then, but we never lost the feelings we have for each other.
Her mom committed suicide on Jan. 9 2004 and she came to visit about a year afterwards, but it was a bittersweet visit, as neither of us had worked out our issues with such a tragedy. We spent our time together talking about my sister, visiting places where they had lived, crying, and wondering and speculating why it had happened. Although it was wonderful to be with her and we did have some fun, she and I had many issues to work through and it wasn't as peaceful and fun of a visit as we would've liked to have.
So now, it's been 7 years, we've both come to terms with what happened and she's bringing her Irish brogue and wonderful Diva self to me for a week. She's a singer, performer and actress in Ireland and a true Diva - and one of the most wonderful members of my family. Of course, I only have two left, but she's still my favorite. She's also been in a movie since I last saw her, so I can't wait to hear about everything.
I've told her that I'm not physically the same person that I was when she last saw me because I've had two spine surgeries since then, but I know it won't be an issue. I imagine late night talks and laughs, visiting and introducing her to my friends, and basically acting like little girls who stay under the covers late at night with a flashlight giggling.
So I'm bursting with joy at my late Christmas present. Maybe I'll get a job soon after and 2011 will be a good year after all.
Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you. I can't really express just how wonderful and energizing this is.
Happy Holidays fellow spineys and I hope that the joy of family comes into your hearts like it's going to come into mine.