Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
My parents lived in childless marriage for sixteen years. They were ecstatic when my sister, Sandy, came into this world. As their
miracle child, Sandy paved the way for me a year and a half later.I was my mother’s child, full of adventure
and the rebel, but Sandy took after our father, freckle faced, serious, and
always in control.
My loving sister, Sandra Brown
My dear sister passed away in October of this year and as I
wrote the eulogy, I recalled a friend’s words. “We die like we lived.”
lived her life to help others. Everyone knew her kindness and love.Even in death, on the day after her passing,
Sandy gave me a miracle.My daughter,
whom I had not heard from in sixteen years, contacted me. It was as if my
sister, in her new place, applied a magic potion, soothing the differences between my
daughter and me.
My beautiful baby girl has grown up to be someone I admire and respect.
Her husband stands beside her as her best friend, and I love him too. My
daughter is devoted and giving her best to her own two daughters, and her two grandsons, my
great grandsons. The loss of my sister is deep, yet my joy soars from the
reunion of my daughter, her family, and me.
Seven weeks after our magical reunion, at my daughter’s workplace,
the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Ca., fourteen people lost their lives to
terrorism. The potential threat of losing her again shook me to the core. Thank
goodness my daughter was not one of the victims.
Today the universe has proved once again, as I look to the New
Year and the future with warmth and joy, that things work out no matter how
dire I perceive the situation to be. Although the loss of my sister leaves a deep
hole in my heart, the miracle of my reunion with my daughter and her family fills my heart to
Happy holidays everyone.
I wish you all the best in 2016 and the years to come.