I don't know if you remember but I wrote you a poem on February 15, 2000. That was 20 years ago. We were 40. That's hard to believe. As a reminder, here it is!
On February 15, 2000
There has always been this person in my life named Jayne Ann Maxwell.
For 40 years now we go back, and can we tell a tale.
With my earliest memories in life her being there.
Having fun and good times to share.
Because our mothers were twins, we were close from the start.
For the first 14 years of our lives we were barely apart.
All childhood memories include this girl Jayne Ann.
Through thick and thin I was always her greatest fan.
There were summers filled with exploring, bike riding, and garage sales.
Years filled with childhood fun and Jeanie Town fairy tales.
Because sisters I had none.
I always depended on her for my fun.
In my eyes, her mother was my second mother,
Along with her dad, sister, and brother.
There were many years that I needed a second home
Feeling that if this family wasn’t here, I would be left to roam.
As the years went by, we both chose a different path.
Having the same background, we can look back and laugh.
We both married, had children, and went to college.
Thinking we knew everything with this newfound knowledge.
Now at 40 things are much different.
Time to think and receive the new messages that are being sent.
It’s time to focus on the important things in life.
Time to not be so stressed with the day to day strife.
I think of this girl Jayne Ann that I love with all my heart.
So beautiful, feisty, and smart.
I think does she know how much I love her and that I wish that things were the same?
If she doesn’t it would be such a shame.
I think what she must be going through without a mother at this time.
I can’t even image; I can’t even think of a rhyme.
Though we don’t see each other often, I know you are here.
I know if I really needed you, you would be near.
I want her to have a great day today on this mid-life event.
And know that this poem is a small taken of my love that is being sent.
I love you – Happy Birthday - Jeanene
Now that 20 more years has passed by, I reflect on the poem I wrote in 2000 and I still feel the same way today. I love you just as much now as I did then, probably even more.... if that is possible.
On February 15, 2020
They say there’s one person in our lives that’s always been there.
That one special person that was there from the very beginning to share.
People come in and out of our lives, but there’s this one person that knows it all.
This one special person that is the first I call.
Who is this special person that pushes me to be my best?
Because of each other, we are just as good or better than the rest.
The years go by and we lose loved ones along the way.
A brother, a mother, an aunt, a father – but this one special person always knows what to say.
Life is filled with sad times and great times and it flies by so fast.
But this one special person is there to the very last.
What exactly does it mean to age gracefully through the years?
Maybe it’s spending time with a special person that has the same fears.
To reach the big six oh,
I really don’t know.
We've had good health
and lots of wealth,
though age takes it's toll over time,
we've managed to stay in our prime!
We can enjoy the good times and the days as they are here,
And always look to spend fun times in the upcoming year.
Thinking back on nineteen sixty, two thousand, and now twenty twenty,
I know with this special person I will always have plenty.
Our lives have been exciting and worthwhile.
And by some miraculous genetic pool, we've maintained beauty and style.
As we turn a new page, a new chapter in our lives.
I know I will always be close with this special person through our family ties.
As you look through the following pictures and smile,
Just know that I'll always go the second mile.
If I look into a crystal ball to the next twenty years, we will be eighty,
I know this very special person will always be my first lady.
I've always taken pleasure of being the youngest of us two.
Even though no one ever knew.
Throughout the years you have helped make my life complete,
Though 60 is bittersweet!
So, on this day of February 15, 2020 – I give you a toast.
Here’s to sixty - a special person in my life that I love the most.
Happy Birthday Jayne Ann - My special person!
I will love you forever my special cousin,
I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do. They are a reminder of our relationship that I treasure so much. We've come a long way baby and you've made my life's journey exciting!