Being over 2500 miles away from any family, I have the pleasure of gaining a different family, what I call, "a family by heart." Stored in my Wallowa County heart are about five mothers, three fathers, a host of brothers, and a tribe of sisters- all whom have won my affection and trust as I create a new life here.
A "sister by heart," Leita, had a birthday yesterday. She really stepped up when I had a real breast cancer scare last summer, taking me to the specialist in Boise. We laughed- oh my- we laughed and giggled all the way to Idaho and back, with heartfelt talks in between.
I call her "butterfly Leita," for she brings joy to those who know her, like a butterfly flitting from flower to flower.
Happy Birthday, Leita! My sister, my friend.
A 50-something woman comes home to a place she's never been before.