This is a "proud" Mom hacking into Emz's Blog to share an email that kind of wraps up the feelings of one sister to another:
Here is what I would say if I had a blog--or if I knew how to post to your blog:
I’ve had this thought often: Do we really have the same genes? My little sister is so driven and ambitious, so outgoing and confident, so beautiful and talented… How can it be???
One thing about me is that even though I may hesitate to commit to big things (like running a marathon!), once I commit, I WILL do it. So, after saying, “Yes” to the marathon, I knew I needed to get to work—and I knew I needed lots of guidance. It’s not very often that I put complete confidence in someone else; I’m a rather cautious person. But I trusted my new coach. Before and after every long run, I would check in with her. I did everything she told me to do because I believed her! Even when she told me to sit in my freezing cold pool for 15 minutes, I did it—BECAUSE she told me to. So, during the marathon, even when my thinking became a little frazzled and doubt started to enter in, if she told me to do something, I’d do it without question: Eat this! OK! Drink that! OK! Run faster! OK!?! (I’m trying, really!!) So, when she told me to “pass those guys,” I had to do it!
Now I have “my marathon” behind me—and the funny thing is that all I keep hearing in my head is, “If only I had put better songs on my iPod…”; “If only I turned the music up louder so I couldn’t hear the wind…”; “If only I had trained a little longer and harder…” I understand it now when my little sister gets down on herself after running an amazing race—because she thinks she could’ve done better.)
…I guess we really ARE sisters! :) Thank goodness!!! Now I just hope that some of her other qualities will show up in me someday!
I love you EMZ!
I know our whole family enjoyed witnessing this experience between two sisters. Even though only 2 ran the race, it was truly a "family affair". Here's hoping to more experiences like this!!!!