To My Sister

On January 11th, 2020, I received a poem — the original of which was written by Edgar A. Guest. The poem was entitled, “To My Sister”.  This poem, which my sister tweaked a little to make it her own specifically for me, brought tears to my eyes, and a heartfelt love that I now have for my older sister.  You see, as a little girl, I barely knew my sisters —one has now passed and gone to be with God.  The other is the oldest and I always felt a separation between us, a disconnect.  I never felt I could amount to anything as I was growing up, and I always looked up to my two older sisters.  The one who passed because of her sharp mind, beauty and compassion.  The oldest because of her beauty and beautiful singing voice.

As a child of 6, we did not all grow up together.  I really don’t remember much time spent with either of them, but as I got older and things changed in all our lives, I began to visit, but there was always a feeling that I wasn’t quite good enough in their eyes.  Kind of like the black sheep of the family.  This did not change the love I have for them or the fact that I have come into my own, with a 20-year career in a professional vocation, accomplishing things over the years that gave me a sense of confidence.  I always said that if my sisters or my brothers ever needed help, and I was able to do so, that I would without question.

Now that time has passed, I have come to know my oldest sister in a way that allows me to feel closer to her, never expecting anything.  But I wanted her to know how much I have loved her all my life.

As the New Year began in 2020, I received the following:

To My Sister

Dear Lynn

I’d like to be the sort of sister that you have been to me.

I’d like to be the help that is always glad to be.

I’d like to mean as much to you each moment of the day,

As you have meant good sister of mine to me along the way.

And this just to wish somehow that I could just repay

A portion of the gladness that you’ve strewn along my way.

And could I have one wish this year this only would it be,

I’d like to be the sort of sister that you have been to me.

My eyes filled with tears for one reason and that was the feeling I felt in my heart that I finally meant something to someone I always looked up to.

Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.
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Joel Elveson
Joel Elveson

Lynn, this is such a beautifully touching and tender article. I am happy to read your sister reached out to you.

Len Bernat
Len Bernat

Lynn – So touching. The bond between siblings is one that can weather misunderstandings, jealousy, fights, and all the silliness that causes perceived hurts because, in the end, we share experiences, joys, laughter, looses, and our bloodline. The sad part is that reconciliation normally comes with age and time lost can never be regained. Maybe your piece will help others to reach out to their brothers and/or sisters now. Thanks for your honest share.

Darlene Corbett
Darlene Corbett

Lynn, this is just lovely! Frequently, sibling relationships exhibit a bittersweet quality. This delightful and surprising poem reveals the delicious part of one. Thank you for sharing!💖

Danny Pitocco
Danny Pitocco

Knowing and being acknowledged that “you matter” by distant and estranged family members can definitely bridge the time gap of isolation and loneliness that you experienced Linnie. What a gift to share true love among family in this short life is a true gift and distinct blessing!

Dr. Mary Lippitt
Dr. Mary Lippitt

Thank you for sharing the beauty that can flow from having and being a sister. It is a connection that grows over time. I will send on to my two sisters. Thank you

Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler

Lynn A very tender and emotional story.

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