My sister is in town. Although not related by birth, Claire is completely, utterly, lovingly and amazingly my sister. It has already been a week since she arrived, driving the long roads between here and Golden B.C., but it feels like only a couple of days. Her presence is remarkable, our conversations deep and rich, and I feel more like myself than I have in months because I have relaxed into the way that we are with one another. She encourages me to be the best possible person and exemplifies what it means to have a passionate and compassionate heart. We live too far away from one another. But Canada trips will happen. Sam needs a passport, Olive her vet papers, Jamie some snacks and myself good books on CD. Sam needs to know his aunt as much as possible so that he can bask in her wonderfulness like I have been so privileged to do.