"Hey, soul sister..."

That little blonde in the picture with me?

That's my sister Marla.

I have no idea how old we were here- if she was 4 or so, I was about 8.

And what the hell were we wearing? Good lord.

Sometimes, tragic pictures like this happen.

Anyway, that goofy little blonde kid? She grew up to be this:

She grew up to be a nurse:

She grew up to be a wife:

She grew up to be an aunt:

She's always been a daughter:

And she's always...


Always my sister.

And today is her birthday.

And what she's become is everything and more that I have ever dreamed of for her.

Happy, happy birthday to you, Marla! You are my sister and my best friend and the world would just be stupid without you!