Last night as I stood holding my littlest niece, chatting with my sister; a storm rolled in and with it came a strong wind.
Being the middle sister I often felt like I was always trying to prove myself. To what ends, I'm not sure. I was the helper sister. Still I enjoy being helpful to my sisters. As the years have gone by life has provided fewer opportunities to be helpful. As they each got older and got married, my sisters would turn to their husbands for help that I had once offered. So last night it was wonderful to be helpful, even if only in a small way.
I was a welcomed adult voice in my sister's baby-filled day. I was a rest for her tired arms while I held her newest bundle. My kids were a distraction for her 4 year old to give her the tiniest of breaks.
While we talked, I held her dozing little one and performed that hard-wired side-to-side rock, the storm grew outside. She talked of, what else, that dozing little one. Even though she longed for a reprieve in the baby focused days, as all mommies do her conversation was filled with highlights of those precious moments of the day.
The wind grew louder and for a moment I thought of my run. Even as I held that beautiful little creature, I thought for a moment of my need to run. And then we kept talking.
As the storm finally broke and the rain began to fall I gathered my kids and headed home. No homework done, no supper eaten, no run completed. And unlike how I believe I would have usually felt, I was happy. And that for me is a big change.
Soon my life will be filled with change. Soon it will be even harder for me to be that helper to my sisters. Soon my mother won't be just done the road. Soon normal will be redefined.
Soon our address will be the next thing to change...