The Family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant loving, laughing, defending and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~ Found in the Trader’s Dispatch Magazine, April 2012.
Growing up Sister seemed to be the “sick one.” Many times she shared the flu and once the chicken pox. After I went to Middle and High School I didn’t get sick much. But, Sister was good at sharing show lamb fungus with me!
Mom used to buy “Moose or Bunny Tracks” ice cream. You know the kind … vanilla ice cream, fudge ribbon and moose or bunny shaped chocolate covered peanut butter. Sister LOVED the chocolate covered peanut butter and fudge. She kindly left the vanilla ice cream for the rest of us to eat.
Sister was always borrowing money from me. Always. I would write down the amounts she owed me. In my opinion, M was not prompt enough with her repayment. I made her sign the paper, that way I would have proof she did indeed owed me money. Sister always paid her debt; just on her own schedule.
I am not going into detail about locking each other out of rooms, or the house. Nor are we going to visit the issue of inflicting pain. Lets just say doors and softballs make big goose eggs on one’s forehead. And, at a young age Sister was good a using just the right amount of mascara to make her goose egg look really bad.
As youngsters our differences seemed black and white. By the time we were in High School we began to appreciate our unique personalities and sometimes take advantage of them. Today we share our experiences and the limited wisdom we have acquired. We seek the one person who understands us better than we sometimes understand ourselves.
M and I had a lot of fun growing up together and we still have fun! We laugh until we cry and cry until we laugh. We got each other’s back. She is the only other one who grew up like me.
Today I want to wish M a Happy Birthday!