Reaching the masses to spread that gospel though, was a little cumbersome. Let’s face it. It had to be a person-to-person messaging campaign. Reach and frequency was low!
Today though, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and all the other flavors of social media out there, I can actually tell the world that very same message from all those years ago and it is as easy as a few key strokes (including one last spell check). I can share this message again — because it is still true.
Why now? Now, because my sister Julie is about to turn 50. And, at such a significant milestone, it seems appropriate to express my love for her and my appreciation of her for all the great things she’s done for me over the years. Not that I don’t love her and appreciate her every day. I do. Again, it’s ‘the 50 thing.’
If you’re thinking, ‘Hey Joe — just give her a card that expresses how you feel about her.’ I’ll do that. But somehow, telling the world how amazing she is seems more fitting. So that’s what I am doing.
Over the years Julie has supported me in more ways than I can remember and never once did she do it with the expectation of a ‘thank you’. She just did it. I recall how she helped me financially — when I was a struggling and irresponsible college kid. More importantly, she supported me emotionally when ‘life’ happened along the way — in both good and not so good ways. But that’s what’s so great. She’s tied-in so tightly to all the things that I look back on as significant in my life.
I don’t see Julie as much as I would like to. We’re all so busy. But I think of her every day. And when I think of her, it’s always a good feeling. I think of her when I hear certain songs (anything by the Indigo Girls) — I think of her when I hear the phrase ‘great parent’ because she is one, along with her partner Cheri. The list could go on.
So, in closing, I simply say, “Happy 50th Birthday Julie. Thank you for being the greatest big sister in the world.” And, I am sure our brother Ed feels the same about his little sister. And now the world knows too!