Thursday, May 31, 2007


I had the best dream.

In it, my sister Angie came to see my for my birthday. Her husband decided to fly out too to go on a job interview here in town. He was trying to find a way to somehow move their family back to the Pacific Northwest. It would involve much sacrifice, but it would all be worth it in the end to have us all back together, where we belong, with each other. So important, now that we have painfully learned how quickly our lives can turn on a dime.

In the dream, it happened so fast. They flew back to Chicago. Then there was a teary phone call saying that there was a job offer, and it had been accepted. Like magic, their house in Chicago was sold and the perfect little house was found and purchased here in Portland.

I have dreamed some form of this dream many times in the five years since they moved away. It never failed to bring tears to my eyes and a long sigh over what could have children growing up surrounded by the love of their Auntie and Uncle and cousins; unhurried time that a rushed week once a year of trying to fit everything in before you go can never, ever begin to cover.

Except this time I didn't wake up.

It really did happen.

Welcome home, Angie. You are right where you belong.

Now, what are we going to do today?


Tam said...

Is this the sister whose lap you have your head lying in, in that unforgettable picture?? I know you have a couple to choose from. Whichever one it is, congrats!! I'm very happy for you. I hope my girls stay close together throughout their lives. I only have one brother and we're not terribly close. I always wished I had a sister.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Tam, she is the one and the same. And it's time she came home.

Jennifer said...

How wonderful for the whole family! Yay!

Tam said...

Oh, that's wonderful!! I am so happy for you AND your sister!

Anonymous said...

What a great dream to come true.
Happy reunion with your sister and her family.

Angela Martínez said...

That's great news, Katrina! Welcome home to Angie and family!

Kim said...

Being sibling-less, I can't know exactly how you feel, but you seem so thrilled, I can't help but be happy for you.

msubulldog said...

Wow, that's great! I'd love to have my family closer. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you, Katrina. You know, my parents thought I'd move up to Oregon. I wish, but I am torn between being with you and being with them. I won't be happy if I chose either or, because you know you are my sister, as is Angie and Laura. But I'm here, in the middle. Three hour flight from both my families. This summer, I will have the best of both worlds. I'll travel with them, and then I'll go see you. I am excited that Angie will be there too. Yes it was about time they came back.
Love, Celia.