Ok. I have a pretty amazing sister in my little Pirri.
She is a model of a modern major general. In other words, she is a tough-as-nails, no nonense yet highly sensitive, loving little lady. We are almost 3 years apart (although she would be quick to tell you it’s really only 2 and a half.)
She served as my partner in crime growing up in the mean streets of Country Club Ranches. Our backyard served as a blank canvas where our over-active imaginations could run wild. Armed with our dress-up box of treasures and a keen scene of play, Paula and I would spend hours outside, barefoot and scheming.We were big fans of climbing trees, stealing the neighbors camo-painted paddle-boat (and joyriding in the canal in the ten foot space between our yards,) playing in what we considered to be the ULTIMATE playhouse—two levels with a loft, painted in our own designs—and generally living it up in the hot Florida days.
She has one of the strongest work ethics of anyone I’ve met, although I think this is a family trait (looking at you, Mams and Paps.) She is funny as hell. Probably funnier than I am (although I pride myself on my sense of humor. I have to cling to something…) She watches scary movies with abandon and screams at just the right moments. She is brave in ways that I could never be.
She is fueled by an incredible sense of discipline, rivaled only by certain Buddhist monastic orders.
She cares about her family, is both supremely dedicated and attached to us. Unparalled devotion unlike any I’ve ever encountered. Her care for and sense of tradition are remarkable; she reminds me of what love should look like.
I wish I could adequately express how much I relish my role as a big sister, how seriously I take the attendant “first child” responsibilities. Living far away and with such radically different schedules makes it difficult to communicate as often or for as long as I would like. Despite my failings, I want her to know that I want to protect her always and will love her forever.
I recently asked for my havingaclassy reader(s) for their best Thanksgiving traditions, recipes, etc. Her response prompted this post.
Pirri’s Best “tradition:”
“Going to McD’s with my nana and papi (no matter how far away the only open one was) since mommy would give us this stink eye if we tried to eat something before dinner.”
Seriously. We did this every year as Momma Koernig was a firm believer in eating late. I assume her argument was to approach the table not only with gratitude, but with an empty stomach to allow for maximum consumption. However, it has been proven that eating a large amount stretches the stomach and one can actually cosume MORE Thanksgiving fare this way. It was our quiet time before the madness of family and massive amounts of food descended on our little house. We would drive around, make the same jokes every year (about how sad we were) and enjoy the splendor of the Golden Arches with gusto.
This ranks among my Top Five Favorite Koernig Family Traditions. As I forge my own path, I look to my past for both comfort and inspiration. I was raised in a home where family is first, it is everything and I believe that I am a better person for it.
I miss you.