Looking back, we have always felt a gaping hole in the family, but now it has been filled with the perfect gift.
My parent only had two children, sons, my junior brother and I. After my brother's birth, they tried for year's to add another child to the family but without success. We grew in love and happiness, but deep down there was something missing. Mum doesn't have a daughter and we don't have a sister.
I for one, always envied families that had lots of children, especially those with a mix of male and female. We had a family friend, they have 4 children - 2 boys and 2 girls. My brother and I often visit them in guise of playing with the sons, but actually we want o spend time with the sisters. And I can bet mum wishes to have a daughter, with whom she can share a lot of stuffs with which we guys may not appreciate.
When my brother was 9 years old and I 11, our dad told us that mum was going to have a baby. We were very excited that in very few months we are going to have a baby in the family, and I guess we all wished for a girl. But none came, mum had miscarriage. It was a sad moment for the family, especially for mum.
We carried on with our lives, then about a year later, mum conceived again, and this time she took the necessary precautions to avoid a repeat of the previous incident. Finally, a baby was born, and it was a boy. Of course, we were all excited, but I could bet the excitement would have been much high had it been a girl. We all loved and cared for him. The family grew and we had another person to care for and play with.
Two years later, mum got pregnant again. And I think this was the last attempt for a girl child. And it was obvious, everyone wishes for a female.
On Saturday afternoon, September 6, 2008, my mom was taken to the hospital. We all went with her. My mom was taken inside the labour room, we wanted to go in too but we were told to stay outside the room. So my dad, grandmother, my brothers and I wasted outside the room. Soon my aunt and daughter came to join us. After what seemed like an eternity, a doctor came out of the room, looking at dad with a broad smile, he said:
"Congratulations sir, you have had a baby girl!"
Dad couldn't hold the joy, he shouted, jumped and hugged the doctor in excitement. We all went berserk with happiness. We were allowed to go inside, and for the first time, I saw our little angel sleeping in a crib. She looked so sweet. I looked at mum, I could see the joy on her face. I have never seen her that beautiful and happy.
I have always been ecstatic about that day.
After some moments with mom and our angel, dad drove us and granny home, and he returned the the hospital. The next day, mom and our sweet little angel came home.
She was such a beautiful baby with a smile on her face at all time; always fun to play with and laugh. Being brought up with boys I had finally found a doll playmate and someone to share sisterhood with all that comes with it.
She is the only girl and the last born, I love her more each day and bless the Lord for bringing her into my life with so much of her personality. She is currently in Secondary School, and stays in the school dormitory. I only get to see her during the holidays and as each day goes by I miss her more and wish we could go back to the good old days where the only worry was probably finishing our homework. I pray that I would be the best brother that I can be to her and cherish her as the little princess that she will always be. She is so brilliant and beautiful. Without her, the family would have missed the touch of a girl (beside my mother of course), and would not have known what is like to be a big brother to a girl. A tough job though enjoyable at the same time.
No matter what I get in the future, having a baby sister still will be the unforgettable gift that I ever got. Even though I would likely have my kids someday, my sister's birth would hold one of the most memorable and cherishing moments of my life. It was not just the best gift ever, her birth was the happiest moment of my life, thus far.
I love my sister, she means the world to me and let me conclude by saying that her birth was and still is the greatest gift ever!
Has anyone ever asked you "what is the best gift you have ever received?" Yes, @Eirolfeam2 in her one dollar question give away asked:
What is the best gift you have ever recieved and why?
According to her, we can talk about that specific gift we received on our birthday, last Christmas and Valentine's day, or any of the gifts we have ever received since birth. The last time I celebrated my birthday was when I was geo and I can't remember if I was given any gifts. In subsequent years, close friends and family have given me gifts but none is as precious as the one life gave me, the gift of a baby sister.
Up to you...
What's the best gift you have ever received?