Jennifer Chiang

Hi Steph,

I’ve got to hand it to you, you sure do know how to throw a party. No one misses one of your bashes, not for the world. Anyways, I hope we did an alright job with all the little details – Mark and I couldn’t decide on something silly the other day and I had to stop myself from calling you for your opinion. But cell phones are so passé right? I kind of dig this new device-less communication.

At any rate, there’s so much you’ve taught me and given to me as a sister that I cherish so much… and you managed to do that just by how you lived. You so proudly work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one’s watching.

Remember that time you, Mark and I were in the backyard playing with that boat and you told me to push Mark in the pool? And then he proceeded to yell at me for two hours? Don’t feel bad for instigating that one cause all the laughs that resulted are so worth it.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you… the other day I decided to call your voicemail because I wanted to hear your voice. Well Mark had your phone when it started ringing with my name and I guess it scared the bejesus out of him. I guess he thought I had lost it and gone off the deep end or something. Isn’t that funny? I thought you’d get a kick out of that.

Steph, that’s the best thing about you, no matter what the situation, you make me smile and laugh. Every memory from sitting on the couch upstairs watching TV or having the TV watch us, to winter trips to the mountains to days spent on the sand on the quest for the ever elusive tan fills me with warmth and joy.

About that ever elusive tan – you know mom drank milk everyday she was pregnant with you wishing for china doll white skin yet you still try to defy the odds and if anybody can defy the odds, its you. So I checked out your new place up on the hill and made sure you could tan all day. I think it’s a pretty neat spot, you’ve got a sweeping ocean view and lots of neighbors to keep you company. I’ll make sure everyone has your new address. Anyways, I miss you so much and if you need anything, you know where to find me – just ask and I’ll be right on it. Help me look out for mom and dad and Mark too ok? I love you so much.

Love Always,

P.S. I wrote you a poem the other day while sitting out in the woods…

Requiem for a Journey

She sees

Single tear shatter emotions infinite force
Energy not destroyed nor born – constantly changing form
Balance preserved
The well walls drying, stone lightens to sky
Cherished memories never to be lost, flood pain down conscience stream
Healing love anti-venom for hurt contained

She feels

Eyes bright the confident soul to whole heart again
Momentum gained apex descend
A single drop, this spring’s last
Meandering the trail wetness marked
Wisdom revealed as buffered jade
Sheer steepness has met the edge
Hesitate – Time lost by the timid brave
A weightless fall
Found, the vortex to freedom from bonds
Must face embracing love, fear not
You’re never alone

Joyfully, She lives on

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