I’m the oldest of three girls. My two younger sisters make for really great best friends.
It wasn’t always like that. There was a time when I resented having to drag my middle sister around with me all the time. She was kind of mean, too, and a bit of a bully to my little sister, whom I had to constantly protect.
And there were times into young adulthood when I didn’t speak to my middle sister at all, and where my baby sister and I were sort of estranged. But shit happens, you move on. You grow up. You realize family is all you have in the end and you end up becoming really close with your sisters just like your parents predicted you would back when you constantly fought with each other.
We still fight. But it’s mostly over who is going to wash the dishes after a family dinner at our parents’ house.
Thanks to our contact at the Long Island Patch, we were able to hook up with the Mayor of Lindenhurst, a hard hit town, who then hooked us up with the Lindenhurst fire department, who are doing a Santa run to the areas of their town most affected. We’ll be donating a portion of the toys for their Santa run.
That gave me the idea to ask my father, who is very involved with the volunteer fire services on Long Island, to help us out. As it turned out, he was meeting last night with chiefs from affected areas (he had a bunch of donated smoke detectors to give them). He spoke to them and we decided to donate to the fire departments from Massapequa, Lido Beach, Island Park and East Rockaway - areas that were devastated - to disperse to the children of their communities who lost their possessions during Sandy.
Also, the Nassau County Firefighters Museum has donated space to use for a wrapping party and they will also store the presents until the respective fire departments pick them up.
We have a Girl Scout troop as well as over a dozen local volunteers coming out to help us wrap.
This has totally been a group effort and it’s awesome that the very large group that is making this happen comes from all over the world.
We will keep you updated as more happens, and we will be putting photos up at the website.
Also, if you are local (south shore Long Island) and want to help wrap next Saturday, give me a shout.
Today is my little sister’s birthday. Many people sing this to her on her birthday ever year but it’s kind of our tradition and I’d like to say I’m the Bart to her Lisa but I think she’s more like Bart than I am.
The best thing I can say about Lisa is that even if she wasn’t my sister, we’d still be best friends. I don’t love her just because we are related, I love her because she’s awesome. And it’s not just her ability to talk only in movie quotes and lyrics to ad jingles that makes her awesome, but that’s a big part of it.
I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to say this on her birthday and now I finally can, with confidence: This is your year, Lisa. THINGS ARE GONNA START HAPPENING TO YOU NOW. Enjoy the hell out of this year and everything that’s going to come with it.