The election and COVID are not important today to me.
My baby sister would be 64 today.
She was born with a severe cleft palate which could never be completely corrected. We learned later that she also suffered some cognitive / mental disabilities. in 1963 my parents, and the other five of us, took her to be a resident at the Arkansas Children's Colony in Conway. There were no special education programs or teachers in our part of the state. My father turning his precious younger daughter over to strangers because they could give her care that he could not was the hardest thing I have ever seen any man do. It broke his heart.
But we soon learned they were not strangers. They loved her as much as we did, and helped her grow and achieve things we never thought possible. Four years later my youngest brother with Down's Syndrome was one of the first children at the second Children's Colony in Arkadelphia. My sister moved there a few months later.
We spent many weekends as a family on Lake Greeson, just a couple hours drive from Arkadelphia. My brother and sister joined us every weekend they could. My big sister, who is a year younger than me, became a wonderful special education teacher, others who knew my sister and brother did.
My sister moved from the Children's Colony when she aged out to a group home, then later to semi-independent living. She could read at about a fifth grade level, keep a checkbook. She worked as file clerk at Beehive Industries for many years. Over her years in Arkadelphia, she worked with many student special ed teachers and psychology majors as one of their first 'cases'.
She had a memory for names and faces that had to be experienced to be believed. At the funeral home before my mother's funeral she greeted many people by name that she had not seen for 40 years. Her special love was her five nephews, but especially her four nieces. She taught so many people what was important about life.
She also had other physical issues. Her feet never grew above a child's size 2, some 'non-standard' bone placement in her hips and some other problems. Her last few years were not pleasant physically. In late July, 2018, the Lord called her home, to take care of our mother and father in Heaven.
Hold your family close, and tell them you love them. Someday too soon, you will not be able to touch them, but they will always hear you, your love and if you can quiet your mind, you will her them tell you of their love for you.