my sister. i had nearly two months with her this summer. living and farming and talking and eating and cooking and planting and swimming and singing and running and reading and puzzling and talking and harvesting and hiking and exploring and arguing and music-ing and talking and sleeping and boating and driving and berry-picking and bathing and talking. all summer. with my sister. she is, without a doubt, the most loveliest person i know. in every single way she exudes beauty...even when she is grumpy with me she can't help but be the most beautiful. and today is my first day without her by my side. and tomorrow is her first day back west. and christmas is the next time i will see her. it is a magical thing to have a sister. even if you have to go stretches of months or weeks or days without seeing her. even if neither of you can keep a cell phone or write an email or send regular letters. those days that you get to be with her make it all worth the un-wholeness of when you are apart.