Sunday, November 14, 2010
This Is My Shari:
Today, I wanted to share a little bit about one of my favorite people ever… my sister, Shari. We have definitely had our share of sibling rivalry (when we were little we once concocted a plan to smear peanut butter all over the counter to see who mom would blame, so we could subsequently discover which daughter she loved most, the idea being that she wouldn’t blame her favorite daughter, I realize this is a run-on sentence but just go with it), but we are now the best of friends and wish that we didn’t live several states apart from each other.
Aside from being cute and funny and really fun to shop with, Shari is a very kind and giving person. I hope she won’t mind if I share a story about her.
Shari and her husband, Mike went out to eat for Shari’s birthday. They noticed a couple with a baby sitting a few tables over. The baby had obvious health problems, and it looked as though the family probably spent a lot of time in the hospital. Shari asked Mike if they could pay for this couple’s meal, as her birthday present. They asked the waitress if they could cover the couple’s meal anonymously and left before the little family was notified that their meal had been paid for.
Wow. I find her sweet act of generosity so inspiring. That is just how she is.
When Shari was in elementary school, she was good friends with a little girl with some obvious mental handicaps. She would play with her on the playground, and help her make sand cakes in the sandbox. I’m not sure how many other friends this little girl had. But I do know that Shari reached out to her when may others didn’t. Shari didn’t care if others viewed her as different, she just wanted to be a friend to someone in need.
I could go on and on sharing story after story of the times that Shari has been an example to me. I am so grateful that she is my sister. I’m pretty lucky to have her in my life, I tell you what.