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Apr 20, 2010

If I were...

My dear sister's health is getting worse and I may lose her. 
She lives in another country, far away. I can't go to see her just yet.

I started thinking...what would I say about her?
Sadly, I realized...I don't know her as well as I would have liked.

With the 12-year difference and the thousands of miles between us,
I guess I never took the time to really,
really know who she is, what she likes, what ticks her off,
what makes her happy, or inspires her.
Almost immediately, I remembered the sweetest post by
the Duchess of Tea (whom I love) here.
She gave us a glimpse about herself with a creative "if I were..." poem. 

I want my children and my friends to know about me so they never have to wonder. 
So here's the first installment about me:

If I were a color, I would be turquoise
If I were a season, I would be fall
If I were a flower, I would be a simple white tulip
If I were a place, I would be Tuscany

If I were an instrument, I would be a cello
If I were a spice, I would be nutmeg
If I were a tree, I would be a quacking Aspen
If I were a time of the day, I would be 7:30 am

If I were an herb, I would be rosemary
If I were a fruit, I would be a mango
If I were a dessert, I would be Tiramisu 
If I were a moment, I would be a snapshot of my loved ones' smiles

If I could be anyone in this world, I would still be me. 
I would live my life exactly the same just to get to feel the happiness I feel today.

Remember to share who you are with those around you. 
Enjoy the time you are given with your loved ones.

Much love,

Image: via French Blue.


  1. Silvia, that was very beautiful...thank you. I know how you feel about your sister. There are 9 years separating me from my only sibling and she lives on the other side of Australia, which might as well be another country it's so far away. I was thinking about how little we know each other just this morning, so selfishly, it was nice for me to read that I'm not alone with that. I do hope that your sister's health improves and that you have the chance to connect with her in some way. xx

  2. Silvia, so sorry to hear about this...all my best wishes to you and your sister, even we don´t know each other in the "real" world,the part of you we know through your lovely posts and your encouraging comments in our blogs talks about a strong but very sweet person with a great talent for design.Un abrazo muy grande de todo corazon.

  3. Sorry to hear about your sister Silvia - thinking of you x

  4. Dear Silvia,

    I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I wish you both lots of peace and good wishes.

    I greatly admire you for being able to share something so personal and painful with all of us here....Big Hugs <3


  5. Thanks for a beautiful and thought provoking post, Silvia. x

  6. I just wanted you to know that am thinking of you and am sorry to hear about your sister. take care.

  7. I'm very sorry to hear about your sister Silvia. You've written beautifully about it here. I'm sure many can relate to not knowing someone in their family very well..I am the same..Rxx

  8. Dear Silvia, I'm with you in this moment!! I send you a warm embrace. You moved me into tears today, I'm sure your children and friends already know what a fantastic mother and woman you are. And we all know that already. A kiss with all my heart, dear.

  9. Oh Silvia, my heart breaks to read your post today. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, and I really hope that her health improves and you get to spend more time together. What a sincere and thought-provoking post, and so beautifully written. Many hugs to you and your family. Kerri xx

  10. Dear Silvia
    I am so sorry for your sister, I understand how you feel and would like to be there to hug you.
    I thought I knew how lovely and sweet you are , now I know that you are much ,much more than that.
    I hope the love of all your blog friends around the world is comforting, at least a little bit.
    warm hugs my friend

  11. I am so sorry!
    Your post is so moving. I often find myself wondering how much people really know about me and how much they just assume without really knowing.
    I hope your sister will get better....Thanks so much for your note on my blog and for following me. I got your button and I follow you too :)
    Have a nice day, girl and btw: I would be rosemary as will!


  12. Silvia, siento mucho lo de tu hermana, espero que todo salga bien, aunque este lejos y no sepas mucho de ella estoy segura que te quiere y sabe que tu tambien la quieres

  13. This was truly a touching post. Your poem was lovely, hope your sister's health improves.

  14. I am so sorry about your sister's health. I hope it improves. Your poem is just beautiful too.

  15. beautiful. thank you so much. thinking of you and your sister....

  16. Oh Silvia, I am so sorry to hear about your sister, and your heartache :(

    Beautiful poem, thanks for sharing. You are in my thoughts.

  17. So sorry to hear about your sister and this difficult time you are facing. I hope thing will turn around for the best.
    On the bright side thank you for finding my blog because it now brought me to yours. Its lovely! I love your style and all the beautiful photos you have! I will def be following.

  18. Oh Silvia, so beautiful. I just emailed my sister this morning, was thinking that we don't talk like we should. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  19. You have a lovely blog! Thanks for visiting Inspired Design, it led me to your beautiful blog.

  20. Sorry to hear about your sister. Such a beautiful and inspiring post.

  21. Oh, I am so sorry! It's so hard to watch a loved one not well. I love your poem, it is so lovely! I know what you mean by the age difference, I am the youngest of 4 and my oldest brother is 16 years older then I, we have never been close and it breaks my heart. I hope you are able to see her soon, you are in my thoughts! XO

  22. I am so sorry sweetie. Oh no! Breaks my heart. I always wanted a sister...Oh no! It is so hard. Thank you for your comments and caring about me...Oh you are the one who needs support and love.
    XOXO Big hugs.

  23. Sylvia,
    What a thoughtful and inspiring post. My heart aches for you.

  24. Hi Silvia ~~

    You are so honest to open up your heart in this post... It's never too late to reach out, and this is beautifully written...

    {ps: your watercolors are on their way}

  25. This is so moving, and I'm really praying for your family.
    You have a beautiful blog.

  26. Oh! Silvia darling I am so sorry about your sister. Having lost a loved one I know how difficult this time can be and then add to it the estrangement and that makes it even worse. I have three sisters, two older and one younger. My oldest sister and I have 15 years age diffenrence and then 12 with the second one, so I know what you mean about the age difference. I will pray for your sister darling and I will pray for you. We all need someone to pray for us, and for you that will be me, it will be my pleasure. If you ever find that you need to talk to someone, you know where to find me, I will always be here for you and darling, I love you too my friend. Stay strong, you are not alone.

    Sending you parcels of hugs all wrapped with love.