After giving the matter careful thought, I would have to say the woman who inspires me is my sister. She got married at 19 to the love of her life. He had
Sis was married to this man for 47 years until he passed away. They raised seven wonderful children together, and their life was not always easy. Keeping seven kids housed, fed, and clothed was a challenge, to say the least, and it meant that her husband often worked long hours, leaving the responsiblity of the kids on her shoulders much of the time. I admire her because in spite of all that, each one of her children has turned out to be a truly good, caring human being. The fact that she did a good job as a Mom is evidenced in how her children are solicitous of her and make sure she has what she needs.
Her husband was very ill near the end, and she took loving care of him. I remember speaking with him a few days before he died, and his one concern was that she was working too hard, taking care of him. Even near death, his love for her was strong. They were a couple who worked together, loved together and laughed together every day of their 47-year marriage.
Amazingly, even after such a huge loss, Sis found the strength to go on. After her husband's death, she and her children established a scholarship fund in his name and each June a vocational school student who plans to continue his or her education receives a gift from the fund. (Her husband was a retired industrial arts teacher.) She is also active with an alumni group from her high school.
Through all that has happened in her life, she has been a wonderful sister to me. She was there for me with encouraging words when I was at odds with our Dad because I wanted to go to college and he didn't believe in college for girls; she was there for me when my first marriage ended in divorce. She is there for me everyday with kind words, a sympathetic ear, and loving concern, and always a willingness to share giggles. I couldn't have a better friend, cheerleader, or confidante. I feel truly blessed to have this woman who is beautiful on the inside and the outside in my life as my sister; she is an truly an inspiration!
Thanks for being the best sister in the world. I love you, Sis!