I just recently met my half sister; we were both born to the same mother. She was born and given up for adoption, and I was raised along with 4 other siblings by our mother and my father. A few years before our mother died she began to have contact with my half sister, and I could see the regret in my mother's eyes that she had given her daughter up for adoption. My mother told me that from talking to her first born daughter that she thought our personalities were a lot alike and she thought that we would really like each other. My sister and I began emailing each other about 3 years ago; however, we never spoke to each other. We were getting to know each other through emails when our mom became ill died from a lung disease. My sister called me for the first time during that time and we instantly connected. Three months after our mom's death, my husband and I flew across country to meet her and her husband for the first time. They greeted us at the airport and it was wonderful! We instantly bonded as sisters and our love for each other has grown ever since. She never had a sister and was so grateful to now have one. She started calling me "Sunshine"... She had fresh Sunflowers in a beautiful vase at her house when I came to visit...they were especially for me. She sent me a "thank you" card for bringing something into her life that she had never had, a "sister." That card had a picture of a little girl carrying a basket of sunflowers. Her birthday is in May and I was trying to find something very special to give her to show my love for her. I came across "Sunshine," the beautiful Willow Tree Angel! My hopes are that every time she looks at her "Sunshine" she knows that she has a sister and a friend who loves her with all her heart!
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.