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Happy Birthday, Sis!

Over the years, it’s become a tradition that I write a line or two to the “Irish Drinking Song” game they used to play on Whose Line is it Anyway?  Especially for my sister’s birthday, which is today!

This is a true story:  how The Rose of Shanhasson came to be.

O, hidey-hidey hidey-hidey hidey-hidey ho, it’s down the road we go!

Five years and more it’s been,

Since Sis called with a grin.

“I have a secret now to tell,

I’m so excited I could yell!”

 

Her first book was complete,

Beginning to end replete.

I begged and begged a chance to read,

But crafty Sis had a case to plead.

O, hidey-hidey hidey-hidey hidey-hidey ho, it’s down the road we go!

 

“I know you’re writing too, dear Sis,

Exchange for mine with no desist.”

Agog, I choked and hummed and hawed,

Afraid and honestly, a bit in awe.

 

I wrote, sometimes, when the mood arose,

But never finished any prose.

“Fair is fair!” Trumped my dear Sis.

“All you’ve got; I insist!”

 O, hidey-hidey hidey-hidey hidey-hidey ho, it’s down the road we go!

 

With trembling hands, I sent the file

First story, I’d been dreaming a while,

Trying to finish but not quite sure,

Whether or not I would endure.

 

Then Sis replied, “You have to finish!

Your love for this story nothing diminish!

You have to get Shannari free,

And back to Rhaekhar, so I decree!”

O, hidey-hidey hidey-hidey hidey-hidey ho, it’s down the road we go!

 

And so, dear friends, that’s how I came,

My first story, finished, to Sis the blame.

In all these years, she still is there,

Cheering, hugging, sending her care.

 

Without her love I would be lost,

Adrift on the sea and wildly tossed.

So lift your mug and raise your voice,

“ Best Sister Friend, there’s no other choice!”

O, hidey-hidey hidey-hidey hidey-hidey ho, it’s down the road we go!

 

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Sis!

  1. *wibbles*

    Oh, Sis, I keep telling you that you would have finished it yourself sooner or later! I just whined and nagged and pleaded and demanded until you got Shannari down off that cliff. You did it all yourself, and you did it so well that everyone’s gonna know someday.

    But bless your heart, Sis. Just for being you. I love you!

  2. That’s easy for YOU to say, Sis. I love you, and I hope you had a great birthday!

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