Have you ever heard that song, 6′ 2″ eyes of blue . . . They were talking about my sister, Diane. I have two great sisters and a wonderful brother. They called us, the four “Ds,” DR, Diane, David and Dale.
Last year, we lost Diane to Cancer. She fought and fought. That was her nature, she fought. You see, Diane was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and like me, an entrepreneur. She had several businesses to her credit before she retired to live happily-ever-after with the love of her life, Roger. If you wanted to put an even bigger grin on her face, talk about her grandson Jack or her daughter Denise.
Diane was a leader and after our Mom and Dad died at a very early age (Mom also died of Cancer) she became like a second Mom, especially to our youngest sibling, Dale Jean. Our sister Dale was very young. Diane stepped up to the plate and in addition to all her other responsibilities, she was a second Mom and a role model for us all.
Today is Diane’s Birthday. She would have been 62 years old today. Her birthday was always a bit funny to me because it is for a few months that we’re both 62. We were almost like twins as children.
When I was 19, we lost our Dad and when I was 21 we lost our Mother. A friend of mine said to me, “they’re not really gone.” I was puzzled. His point was that every time we think of the person that’s gone on before us, they’re not really gone. It’s like thinking of anyone one of us, that’s not present (in the room). We think of them in the present tense. When I think of her, I still see her clear beautiful face in my mind.
Today is a day to think of her and all the fun and great times we’ve had in the past. Today is another opportunity to think of her as being here because as long as we continue to remember her, think of her and feel the memory of her, she is still here with us.
Diane was very pragmatic, “oh, get over it” she would say. She really meant get used to it, move on, figure a way around it, plan for it, etc. Knowing that we can access her in the best corners of our mind, we honor her and remind ourselves of what a great sister we have.
Happy Birthday Diane! Please say hi to Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa and our friends that have gone before us. We think of all these great people that have impacted our lives and made us who we are today. Without them, their influence and experience, we would be someone we may not recognize.
There are still four “Ds,” DR, Diane, David and Dale. Time and distance shall not, will not separate us. We will always be each other’s brother and sister.
With much love, respect and in loving memory of our Sister,