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Patti Micklin

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Patti Micklin

George Clooney, of course.  Oh wait -- this is brunch, not a romantic interlude! A girl can fantasize. But in reality, having my two sisters and brother over for brunch would truly be a gift. We’re scattered across the country – Colorado, Louisiana, Florida and New York – and only see each other once or twice a year. This would be a quiet opportunity for us to reconnect, be completely silly, and they can talk about the ‘good old days,’ which refers to the five-year period of time before I was born. I know they’re joking, because even though I’m the baby of the family, I’m also the favorite!

The truth is that I couldn't have gotten through the years without their support. They each give me different gifts -- compassion, acceptance, uplifting support, praise and unconditional love. I've learned so much from them about how to be married, how to (and not to) raise my two kids, how to save money and invest, and how to get out of debt. The good, the bad, the ugly.  We marvel at the fact that we are "middle-aged" and we still have our parents, who function really well on their own!

We would talk about how lucky our parents are that we all turned out so well, even though we've all faced very different, but tremendous challenges in our adult lives.  We change roles -- sometimes I get to be the advice-giver, sometimes I'm the taker.

Despite the many phone calls and emails, nothing is more special than actually being together and sharing a meal with my sibs. Eggs, bagels, blueberry muffins…but sorry, Mom, no corned beef hash. Ick.  I can smell the delicious food, and more importantly, feel the energy of our hugs, kisses and laughter. This would be the best brunch ever!

Patti Micklin lives in Louisville, Colorado, with her husband, two children and her Westie. She’s a development officer with Rocky Mountain Institute, a national nonprofit with a mission of driving the efficient and restorative use of resources to create a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, forever.

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