I have to be the most blessed person on earth without a doubt. God gave me three sisters and a brother. We’ve been through thick and thin together. While all of my siblings are unique and very loved, I’m going to tell you a little about my youngest sister and why she’s my best friend.
For one thing we both love cowboys, chocolate and country music. Jan fell in love with and married Rick Sikes who had a band called the Rhythm Rebels back in the ’80’s. Rick taught her to play the guitar, sing, and write her own songs. She loves to perform and gives a hundred percent each time she steps onto a stage.
Jan is beautiful, smart as a whip and would do anything in the world for the people she loves.
Back in 2003 she took an autographed copy of my first book, “Knight on the Texas Plains,” to Shreveport, Louisiana and presented it to a good friend and amazing singer, Willie Nelson. Not only did she present it, she got an excellent picture of him opening up my book to read the inscription. That picture has been one of the most talked about things on my website. Don’t know exactly what Willie thought of the book, but getting his picture was a wonderful gift to me. Jan’s like that though. So thoughtful and considerate and generous.
From the very first when I decided I could write a book, Jan wholly supported my writing. She always let me bounce ideas off her, gave me a shoulder to lean on when I was down, and celebrated my successes. She’s been my rock and I don’t know what I’d do without her. It’s fair to say we’ve been through good times and bad. But we always stuck together.
When we were small, everyone used to think we were twins. Where one of us was, the other was also. We were literally inseparable. And that we favor each other in looks encouraged the belief that we were twins. The fact is I’m the oldest by a few years. But don’t tell anyone.
This past May I celebrated a milestone birthday (and no, I won’t say which one it was. I’d rather keep that a secret.) I’ll just say that Jan threw me one of the best, most fun, birthday parties I’ve ever had. We had a ton of good food, some of the best live music I’ve ever heard, and lots of laughter. It was truly a wondrous, special day for me. I won’t ever forget the love that went into putting everything together for me. In three years I plan on returning the favor. I just hope I can give her a celebration that will show her how important she is to me and one she’ll remember with fondness for years to come. If only I could sing. Sigh.
(Jan is the one on the left.)
Are you blessed to have a special sister…or brother? I’d like to hear from you.
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