Webster’s Dictionary defines a sister as a girl or woman having the same parents as another person.
A sister is more than a person who happens to be born to a particular family. A Sister’s Story, Bevie and Me , describes the beautiful and not so beautiful, of being a sister. It relates the closeness, the bonding, the envy and the jealousy, but most of all, the warm of knowing you are a sister.
Bevie, from her hospital bed, states, “ It is important to live near your sister.” Bobbie never knew that Bevie ever cared, that she was important to her sister.
Was it because they grew up in a tumultuous house, or were they never taught to communicate? They shared a bed; it wasn’t even a full size bed, yet they rarely spoke. It wasn’t until they both married and their mother died, that Bobbie finds the true meaning of being a sister. But it is too late; their time together is limited.
The author feels duty-bound that this not occurs to other sisters. Bobbie writes, “Talk, communicate, let your sister know you love her.” It is too late when Bobbie whispers, “ I love you.” She never knows if Bev ever heard her. But Bobbie’s hand, her pen, is compelled by Bev’s presence; something within her, gives her the encouragement to write this book.
A sister’s story consists of meaningful two or three page chapters that relate memories of a happiness, laughter, and sadness in their lives. Bev’s illness transforms Bobbie from being a shy, insecure person to one who desperately tries to help her sister receive the care Bev deserves. “She is a princess” Bobbie cries, “Let her die like a princess”
The story is also about the medical profession in a small town. Bev’s husband is a surgeon yet her melanoma was not diagnosed in time. At Bev’s funeral, their closest friend, a doctor, whispers to Bobbie, “It was only a little spot.” Bobbie thinks,
“Spot,” One word, three meanings,
See Spot run - in the first grade reader,
There once was a spot - from Camelot.
If only Bev’s spot could have been a Camelot.
The book was written several years ago, but Bobbie needed to learn how to handle the pain to allow the story to be told. Since retiring and moving to South Florida, Bobbie has comforted other women who have gone through similar tragedies. Her closest friend recently had to deal with her darling sister taking her own life.
What rights does a sibling have over the care of a sibling when proper care and treatment is not given? Bobbie in chapter eighteen gets the courage to demand proper care for her sister. She finally feels worthy of her sister statement. “It is important to live near your sister.”
Several chapters have been published in various periodical. A Chapter was read at the IWWG conference and received with tremendous praise.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have you read "A Sister's Story, Bevie and ME"
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