When you grow up with 2 siblings, life isn’t always a cake walk. Truth is, my sisters, Jan and Ellen, were generally awesome, but it wasn’t until I grew up that I realized their true value.

The last time we had all traveled together was back in 1974, when our parents moved us to California from Chicago. Clearly a sibling trip was in order! So, we 3 musketeers set out the first week of April to visit Overland Park, Kansas and St. Louis, Missouri.

We have aunts and uncles in both those cities, and decided it was time to see them and have a good visit. We took lots of pictures and videos and you can bet that I will create a short video for us all to cherish in the years ahead.

Our first stop was our visit with our aunt Doris in Overland Park, Kansas. We caught up with all the cousins and, of course, ate BBQ because that’s what you do when you’re in Kansas. We had a great time whooping it up watching old home movies that I had uploaded to the cloud. I easily accessed the videos using my iPad and we all enjoyed viewing them on my cousins Apple TV.

Halfway through the trip we hopped on a train from Overland Park to St. Louis. It was the best five-hour ride we’ve had together in years. In St. Louis we had a chance to catch up with our mom’s side of the family. Our uncle Arnie shared stories about growing up with mom and walked us around his office proudly sharing his memorabilia that covered the walls. The moments were golden.


We broke for lunch to meet up with one of mom’s dearest friends dating back to grade school, Sarijane. She gave us a tour of the neighborhood they had grown up in and shared stories we will forever cherish.

Soon it was time for one final family dinner. We had no idea that National Sibling Day fell on the fourth day of our trip; and while my sisters and I all live within 90 minutes of one another, between scheduling challenges and the traffic we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. We soon realized that every day is sibling day. And for that I’m grateful.  

If I had any wisdom to impart to you today, it would be to not wait to spend quality time with the people in your life who are important to you. This may seem like common sense, but we often get wrapped up in our busy lives and forget about the things that matter.

To be sure, our family and all that we cherish are the biggest things of all.