Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"I think people that have a brother or sister don't realize how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there's always somebody there, somebody that's family. "
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Cat Orgy, 1999
I only have one sister and she is almost 3 years older than me. She has always been the "small" one in the family. She is only 5'2" and been a petite size most of her life. She turned 60 this year but you would never know it. She retired from teaching after 30+ years in the Texas system and has now been teaching in Arkansas for about 5 years. She says that the present year will be her last each year but yet she somehow continues to stay with it. She and I both share so much. We both have rhumitoid arthiritis and we both have sons. And since mom died in 2002, we sometimes feel we only have each other. We also both love the outdoors and the changing of the seasons. We also both are teachers.
We are also so different in so many ways. I think she looks more like my mom and I look more like my dad and paternal grandmother. She is small and I am large. She is not a crafter but I love to craft. She doesn't garden, but I do. But she is the only sibling I have and we share so many secrets and wishes and dreams.
She lives about an hours drive away and we met this past Saturday for a nice autumn hike. We had so much fun that we want to try to do this more often. We have been through so much together. When mom got alzheimer's we both asked ourselves...."will this be us when we are old?" Funny thing is when growing up, we would fight like cats and dogs but as we both age, we have grown closer than ever. It is always good to have a sister for a friend.