The Book of Kate by Sheila Follman
Copyright 2008 by Sheila Follman
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I am so grateful that my sisters and my brother Bill still walk the face of the earth and give me such laughter and joy and courage.
I can remember being a 17-year-old girl and being grilled by my Mother and sisters in an early “Intervention”, before this particular form of torture for rotten kids was popular. I had come home in the wee hours after a night out and they all awaited me in the living room. Six of my eight sisters and my Mother. One by one they went at me and told me exactly what they thought of me. Except Kate.
So one at a time I told them what I thought of their life choices. Except Kate. See, with Katie, she wouldn’t cast that stone, so I told her truly how I felt about her , no anger clouding my feelings. I told her that I could understand why she was Mom and Dad’s favorite, hell she was everyone’s favorite. It left her in tears, I never saw that coming.
She sat there stunned, she really never knew. She had, and has never realized just how loved and precious she is to all of us. She’ll never get it. She’s just the essence of Good and Grace.
She is everyone’s favorite because she’s filled with more laughter,wit, intelligence and compassion than the rest of us combined. Every family should have a Kate. By the grace of God, we do. That’s the view of the world that I want to show here. The Kate View. Because we all look so much better in the light of Kate’s love.