Times Are Changing


Now, fair warning this post isn’t about me and my weight loss, but it is about someone who inspires me everyday. Tomorrow is May 25th and 30 years ago on that day my sister was born. The world welcomed Elisabeth Doucette later to be known to everyone as Elisa. A unique way to spell “Alyssa” to fit a unique person. I know our mom and dad are reading this right now and having flash backs to that night. And I don’t want one comment on dad’s peanut butter breath, not one! Our non-blood Aunt Patti and Uncle Rick welcomed a new god daughter into their lives and have treated her as such since that day. Six years later I was brought into this world. While Elisa wasn’t sure about me at first,  she quickly became my sister, confidant, partner in cookie stealing crimes and my best friend.

When we were younger we got into our spats like most siblings do. “That’s my matchbox car” “No that’s my matchbox car, yours has flames on the side”. That did not get in the way of our relationship though. Elisa always protected me and was there for me in every way. When I clearly did something wrong and was on the path for a grounding Elisa was the first one to chime in why it wasn’t technically my fault and why I shouldn’t get into trouble. Our mom still tells the story of when I was a year old and Elisa would take me from my crib and put me in her bed surrounded by pillows.  She’s always been my rock.

Elisa is one of those people that will never judge you for the decisions you make or the things you say. She like one of her favorite authors, may not agree with what you have to say but will fight to the death for the right for you to say it. She is amazing. Elisa has become one of the most successful 30 year olds I have ever met and had the privilege of knowing. While she doesn’t always think it, she is greatly successful in many aspects. She is a huge player in the AFO at an insurance company, she is literally a nationally syndicated blogger and she has a column with mainetoday.com about dating and relationships and is hitting it out of the park.

This girl has a group of friends who love her like nobody’s business. I think it’s because Elisa showed them love first. She is the first to call people when something goes wrong in their life or the first to pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate a milestone. She listens and has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever encountered. When I was little I put Sun In in my hair because Elisa did it first. I learned to play the piano (a poor attempt) because Elisa did first. I learned to be a strong independent woman because Elisa did it first.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Elisa Doucette is a kick ass chick who knows what she wants from life. She’ll tell you that above and beyond anything that love and understanding will win out the day. She’ll have beer and fried pickle chips with you while discussing world politics and what the best roster for the Red Sox is. Elisa is amazing, beautiful and inspirational all around. So here’s to tomorrow when we celebrate the anniversary of an amazing addition to the world. Happy 30th Birthday Elisa!! You are 30 flirty and fabulous and I’ll kick anyone’s ass who says otherwise 🙂 Love you Paco de Taco!!

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  1. * Paul Doucette says:

    Yes I have been remembering 30 years ago and the joy that was brought into our lives (to be repeated again 6 years later when you were born). This is beautifully written and from the heart. Great job. I know your sister cried when she read it (your mom did). I am proud of both my daughters who are both very successful and have lots of friends and family that love them.

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 4 months ago
  2. This is so beautiful! It makes me want to call my siblings and tell them I love them 🙂 Happy Birthday Elisa!

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 4 months ago

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