I haven’t seen my sister since last August. She’s on a Family Hiatus in Ireland for a year. We seem to keep in touch through our blogs more than anything else. It’s my favorite distraction to check in and see what small glimpse of their day I get to share in. Today my nephew, Dylan, was fascinated from a far by a snail. Wednesday, she wrote about a tree that reminds her of me and my tree. Although there are a few palms and cherry trees in our yard, there’s only one she could be talking about - Grandfather Grapefruit.
Grandfather Grapefruit makes me smile and so does my sister. Of course, I knew this before reading this month’s All You magazine, but they backed up my findings with research:
Having a sister makes people happier and more optimistic, according to a 2009 U.K. report by researchers at the University of Ulster and De Montfort University. The reason? Female siblings give support and encourage their family members to communicate their emotions-which decreases stress, the study’s authors say.
Thanks sis! I’ll be thinking of you under the shade of the grapefruit tree.