She is the oldest of four. I'm sure she was glad she had all the attention before I was born. :-)
We've always been close. I consider her my best friend. When my younger brother was born, we joined up together to have an "all girls" club. Poor Bob. And she was the one who scared the daylights out of me letting me think there was a "furnace monster" down in the basement. We shared a room until she got married. Playing Barbie dolls & paper dolls until we got older & fell in love with The Beatles. Since she was older, she claimed Paul & I got George. We were also awesome badminton players. We'd play for hours, until it got dark & then go after the lightening bugs with our rackets (at least until the bats started flying around). In summer, as teens , we would stay up until early morning playing gin rummy. We were pom pom girls at the same time, she a senior & I a freshman.
She met her husband while attending the local college & they were married soon after. They are still happily married to this day. For that she is a role model. I haven't always had such luck in that department until I met Steve.
We don't always get to spend as much time together as we'd like due to the farm but when we do it is always a good time. A week of vacation in Minnesota each summer is our major time together. We've been going to the same lake since we were kids & now our kids (and her grandkids) still spent the time there.
So again, Happy Birthday Cathy & many more!