Bigger & Harman, APC - April 2020

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APRIL 2020

MY SISTER

THE ONE WHO SHOWED ME THE WORLD

Over the years, I’ve had the chance to share stories of my travels in this newsletter. From driving down the autobahn to making my way through the crowded streets of Kampala, I’m fortunate enough to have had some great experiences around the globe. So I’m glad that in this edition I finally have an excuse to thank the person who gave me my love of travel in the first place: my sister Rachelle. While it may not be as well known as Mother’s or Father’s Day, April 10 marks Siblings Day, a time when brothers and sisters have a chance to show their appreciation for one another. I know this is something siblings can easily forget to do in their day-to-day lives, especially when they’re young. Rachelle and I weren’t any different — we were constantly at each other’s throats when we were kids. Fortunately, we grew close as we grew a little older. It took the two of us getting some distance to really come to understand what we meant to one another. My sister went off to college in Southern California, back when our family was still living in Oregon. Shortly after we dropped her off on campus, I realized how different life at home would be without her and how much I missed the things we used to do together. I wasn’t alone. One or two weeks after starting college, my sister unexpectedly came home for a visit. That’s how I knew she was homesick — you don’t make a 30-hour round-trip drive two weeks after your last one unless you really want to be somewhere. We started writing letters. Soon enough, we were great pen pals and, in a way, closer than we’d been under the same roof. This laid the groundwork for Rachelle to open a whole new world to me.

My sister was able to take a semester abroad in England, and with weekend trips to Ireland, she caught the travel bug. When she graduated and got a job in Virginia, she’d invite me out and take me to amazing cities all over the East Coast. Those were my first real adventures far from home, and they inspired me to start planning trips even farther afield. Somehow, Rachelle and I never got a chance to travel outside of North America together, until now.

“RACHELLE AND I NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA TOGETHER, UNTIL NOW.”

Next month, coronavirus willing, she and I will take our parents to Ireland to celebrate

their 50th wedding anniversary. Naturally, she instigated the trip and has been instrumental in putting it all together. There are so many qualities in Rachelle I admire, from her abilities as a writer to her tenacity in homeschooling her kids while running a business from home. But I couldn’t think of anything more fitting for our relationship than being able to spend time with my sister traveling.

As we both learned all those years ago, you can make some of your closest bonds in the farthest flung places.

– Mark Bigger

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