Barbara Brett’s publishing career includes stints as the editor of popular women's magazines and publisher of Avalon Books and her own nonfiction company. Learn more about her and her books at her website.
Time to Remember
In the movie The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sings the sweet, memory-evoking song, "My Favorite Things." Though her list is long, not one item on it is a clock. But a little ceramic clock, just three inches in diameter, is one of my favorite things. Five years ago, my sister gave it to me for my birthday, and it has had a place of honor on my desk ever since. I wish I could take a picture of it to show you, but, alas, I'm not that computer savvy, so I'll try to describe it. It's a lovely pale yellow, and surrounding the clock's face is a garland of buttercups and forget-me-nots. Above the garland is a Harriet Beecher Stowe quotation: "The past, present and future are really one: they are today."
I couldn't resist teasing my sister by asking, "Is this to be a reminder of how fast my life is flying by?"
She laughed, and said, "No. Whatever your age, you'll always be my little sister. I bought it because it reminded me of you. I knew you'd love it."
She was right, of course. I did love the clock, as she knew I would. That's the way it is with sisters: they share all our early yesterdays and probably know us better than anyone else in the world. We grow up sharing thoughts and secrets and hopes and dreams, and we think it will go on forever. Sometimes it does. Tragically, sometimes it doesn't. Two years after my sister gave me the clock, the MS that she had been courageously battling for years finally won its brutal war.
Of course, nothing can ever really take my sister from me. She's always with me in my heart, and in my memories of the good times we shared and the sad times she helped me through, of the way she protected me when we were growing up and gave me the courage to pursue my dreams. And every day when I sit down at my desk, I look at my little clock and smile, remembering her and how happy we were the day she gave it to me. Harriet Beecher Stowe was right: past, present and future are today. That means my bright, wise and loving big sister is not just a part of my past. Her love and laughter and wisdom surround me in the present and will be with me through every second, minute and hour of all the days to come.
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