The Lovely Libby

My lovely list this week is not a product, or a tool or a favorite item. It's all about a lovely person in my life. My sister Libby. Elizabeth Diann Sherwin. She's the baby of our family, the youngest of me and my three sisters. She is truly lovely in every sense of the word.

My beautiful sisters, Cathy, Libby and Jennifer

My beautiful sisters, Cathy, Libby and Jennifer

When I sat down to write this post, I thought it would be pretty easy. There’s so many amazing things to say about her. Piece of cake! I initially found myself trying to explain our history…but that would make for a really LONG post since it goes back more than 40 years. :) So, how do I attempt to explain how amazing she is and why? I will start with a shorter background story. Bear with me. ;)

My sister Libby and I weren't always best friends. We were typical siblings. We fought hard and loved hard. We are only sixteen months apart in age, and our privileges that came with being a certain age, i.e., the age we were allowed to watch our first PG-13 movie, a later curfew, etc, were often clumped together and we were both given that privilege at the same time even though I was a FULL, whopping sixteen months older than her. How unfair is that? (No, there is no lingering residue from that AT ALL...) Libby and I shared a room until I was about 11, the time when our oldest sister Cathy went off to university. I used to assert my MUCH older and more mature age in our room by doing really nice things to her, like build an imaginary wall in our bedroom in which my half of the room had the door, so she couldn't get out. I told her she couldn't get over the "wall", and she believed me and stayed there longer than she needed to. Sorry Lib!

We grew into teenagers and started to become better friends. I have always been so proud to be her older sister (even if I didn’t admit it at the time)..she has always been so smart, popular, beautiful and talented. She was Miss High Kick of the Pom Pom Squad after all! ;) Her smile is infectious and lights up a room with its warmth. I was protective of her and made sure she was treated nicely, even if I made her ride the bus while I got a ride to school in my friend's cool car. I may have been known to throw a few dirty looks around to anyone who wasn’t treating her well. You're welcome Lib! ;)

Between many years of schooling, jobs, and new cities, many miles often separated us. Fast forward to almost four years ago. We successfully convinced Libby to move to Vancouver after finishing her fellowship at Boston Children's in Electrophysiology as a Pediatric Cardiologist! Yay! Wasn’t really our doing, obviously, but more of an answer to prayer that maybe, just maybe, one of my best friends/sisters would move close to me. I am an East Coaster by birth (and now West Coaster at heart!), and lived there until 2005 when my handsome husband swept me off my feet and I moved to Vancouver, BC, leaving my family behind. One of the best days and saddest days of my life. My family has always been very close and it was very hard for me to move away. When the possibility of Libby moving to our town became a reality, I was more excited than I could express. Libby took a position at BC Children's Hospital and began leaving her footprint on the hearts of her patients and our little family.

One of the best gifts we received by having Libby living nearby, was that she was able to be present during the birth of our sweet boy in 2013. It was an honor to have her in the room to help me deliver, and with some minor complications, it was also helpful to have her medical background. A comfort for all of us, and a very special time. We've had so many amazing times together. From family dinners and celebrations, to silly nights with our girls to seeing the Lion King together. We have been blessed to have her for almost four years...

When a job posting came up at DC National Medical Center back home in Washington, DC, my heart broke. I was upset with the fact that we may lose her to the East, but once she interviewed and accepted the job, I knew it was the perfect fit for her. It's a great program with lots of resources, technology, and the chance to use her knowledge and expand her skills in Electrophysiology. She will be close to our oldest sister, Cathy, and her family, numerous friends from all of her schooling, and only 2.5 hours from our Mom and Dad. It just makes sense.

But...the "loss" for me is deep - she's my person here, my best friend, Auntie "B" to our three kids, friend to my husband, sincerely compassionate physician to many families, caring, honest friend to many...the list goes on. And while I'm sad sad sad that she's moving, Washington DC and the patients and families, and our own family, are gaining one heck of a woman. Libby can talk politics, religion, medicine, and fashion; she can braid hair, patiently sit with us while we visit the ER for various kid-related illnesses, and cry with us; she can walk families through some of the most difficult days of their lives, sometimes crying with them herself. She's the one you want at your bedside because she leaves no stone un-turned. She sacrifices her own sleep and nutrition to find the answers. All the while, looking polished - whether in her scrubs or professional attire - with the biggest, warmest heart and smile. 

Lib, we will be sending you off on your new adventure soon. You will be leaving a hole in our family and hearts, but are beyond thankful for the ability to travel often. We send you off with the hope and prayer that you will bless countless more there. Washington, DC couldn't possibly understand the woman they landed for the position. And, if anyone treats you poorly, Lib, you let me know. I'll shoot them a "look". Love you most!