Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sisters


(Reposted in response to my Mom's request when I visited her.)

Those are my sisters there on that lion, with me at the front, clinging on to the mane.

I look at the picture and think about our lives together. Even though I am at the front of the lion, I know they are the ones who helped tame it and who urged me to hang on, even when times got tough.

As the youngest, I never experienced the change that the bringing-home-of-the-sibling caused. My family was set when I was born, my sisters already there, permanent, like planets in space. I joined them and took my place in the family, naturally and without effort. I made my way through life with some struggle, but always with the inner knowledge that my journey had been made so much easier by their earlier sojourns.


My sisters and I now live in different states and have very different lives, yet we have grown closer as we have gotten older. We e-mail each other nearly every day and try to all get together at least every few years.

At our last family reunion, I looked around the noisy room, filled with my sisters, their children and their grandchildren and I marvelled at how incredibly lucky I am to have these women in my life.

Each one brings a different and unique gift to this party of life. For me, the most important gift they give is the sense that even though I am behind them in birth order, in the more important metaphorical sense, they are behind me, their support and encouragement always there. I hope I have given them the same gift.

The truth is, I am crazy about my sisters and love every one of them.

We have taken countless pictures over the years, most of the time lining up in birth order. I take my place at the end of the line, happy to be there, thrilled that this latecomer is included in this beautiful string of pearls.

We turn one way, and I am in front with my sisters all behind me. We turn to face the other way and I am right there, standing strong behind each one of them.

After the picture is taken, we drift naturally into a circle, and what a lovely, lively, strong circle it is.

Thanks, Sisters. Thanks for everything. Thanks for it all.




52 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

Last night I was irritated as all get out with one of my sisters. I think I was supposed to get another perspective. Thank you for providing just that. The Universe does its thing once again... :)

citymouse said...

Awesome! This may actually be my favorite post. My family started out as 3 sisters and 2 brothers. I am the oldest. I would be pleased and proud without measure if one of my siblings wrote what you just did. We too are all very different people but time has a way of softening those differences and allowing love to grow deeper as we age. Now that there are only four of us, I am even more aware of the role each one of my siblings plays in my life and heart and am thankful for them every day. Thanks for writing this today, on my sister's birthday. I am off to wish her the best birthday ever.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

How I envy you I never had a sister, only a brother, would have loved a sister.

Have a good week-end.
Yvonne.

Fitter After 50 said...

Your tribute to your sisters is beautiful. I'm sure they love spending time with you too! I have to say, I don't know if it's new or not but your "about you" sure made me laugh when you said you were going to be the crazy cat lady.

Out on the prairie said...

It is nice you have all stayed on good terms. I like all the smiles.

Peggy K said...

Thank you, BB. Thanks for sharing your sisters and smiles with us.

I think I need to buy stock in a tissue company. Your posts make me go thru plenty of kleenex these days!!

Seams Inspired said...

Lovely, Betty. You've perfectly captured the bond of sisters. I'm the oldest sister, and while I have a bit different perspective, I wouldn't trade my sisters for anything! We speak almost daily, even though we live in different cities. I feel sorry for those who never experienced the love of a sister. Thanks for sharing your heart. Happy Saturday! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Wonderful sentiment beautifully expressed.

Gigi said...

I've always felt cheated that I didn't have a sister or two. What a beautiful family you have.

Old Kitty said...

Such beautiful sisters!! Yay!! Look at all of you!! Your mum is one proud mama! You are all lovely and just wonderful!!!

With sisters like these - no lion is safe! LOL! Take care
x

Cricket said...

I am the oldest of three, and I have two sisters. And, while it's true that they have the "girl thing" together, and I have the "don't you two ever shut up?" thing, there is something special that happens when we are all together. Things somehow become more fun, even for the other people around us, which was how I became aware of this "chemistry" in the first place - someone pointed it out to me. I thought we were just doing our thing. Weird.

So anyway, even though I am not a sister, I get it. I never would have known either of them, I think, if they were not my sisters, and that's kind of cool.

Linda said...

What a lovely post. What a lovely group of women. And what a wonderful relationship you all seem to have together. It's a treasure, for sure.

I have a friend who is one of seven or eight sisters, who also live in different states. They get together every year...just the sisters...for a sisters get-away.

Mamma has spoken said...

Reading this makes me wish I had a sister growning up :o(
Glad you have 4 wonderful sisters to make up for it.

Brian said...

That is such a wonderful bond, hooray for sisters everywhere!

Madi and Mom said...

BB what a beautiful post in honor of your sisters!! I cannot imagine having 5 girls in one house. Just one teenager girl was enough to shake our rafters at times. God bless you all...you came from a very loving and nuturing home.
Hugs C

Susan in the Boonies said...

Wow! I just LOVE that visual image of y'all on the lion, and the verbal image of you turning one way, leading the charge, but strongly supporte, and turning the other way, and there you are, and you have each of their backs.

I, too, was the youngest. But I know my sisters have my back, and I, theirs.

EmptyNester said...

You have what I always hoped my daughters would have with one another. And they do. They are so close. They talk every single day to each other via texts and phone calls. I wanted them to be this way so that, when Hubs and I are no longer here, they will have each other for everything. And I am confident that they will! I imagine that this knowledge gives your mother a sense of peace. I know it does me.

Siv Maria said...

This is such a lovely tribute to your sisters, makes me realize how much I miss them and miss having them around.

Eva Gallant said...

I loved this post! and the photos!
I had two sisters and 4 brothers. My oldest sister passed away many years ago, much sooner than she and her children deserved. The other sister and I are very close and speak on the phone several times a day.

Family is so important.

Miriam said...

I have a younger sister and I so treasure my relationship with her. We fought as kids but found our way to friendship as adults. Even though we live at opposite ends of the country, and manage to see each other at most once a year, she is so important to me and I know I am to her. There is nothing like a sister, and I feel incredibly lucky to have such a special one.

Thank you for such a beautiful post!

Pat said...

You are certainly blessed with having so many sisters! And the fact that you are all close is so nice! I come from a big family, too, 3 sisters and 2 brothers, and we are all close. You don't see that too much nowadays!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Not only is what you wrote beautiful but you can see the love in all your faces. The resemblence is amazing. Take it from one who has a very distant and cold family....appreciate it every second!!! Love this post.

Flartus said...

You are so lucky to have such strong family ties. I'm impressed by the parents who raised you all in harmony.

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Ms. A said...

Betty, you are so fortunate to have sisters that you are close to. When it works, the family bond is a source of strength, beyond compare.

SUGAR MOON said...

Enjoyed this post. I have five siblings so know a little bit about big families. Wouldn't trade for the world.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I have four sisters too and we're all so different but the same in our love for each other. We're also scattered to different states but the electronic age has done much to keep us in touch.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

What a special family. You all have the same glow you did as children. I can see the love.
xoRobyn

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Betty, I love this. I'm glad you sisters are all taking care of your sisters, like your mom asked.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great you are all still close!

Linda said...

Hi Betty, this is a wonderful post. I enjoyed reading it.
Great work.
Thank you so much for the comment on my post. I had a great time making it.

jenny_o said...

Beautiful tribute to your sisters and your relationship with them.

Chuck said...

Nice post and story. I was the first born so I have seen everything from the other end of the spectrum. In the end, it's all just family. To be enjoyed.

missing moments said...

What a wonderful post and tribute to your sisters. You are truly fortunate to have such closeness and fun with family!
Photos are terrific!!!

And I bet it was great being the youngest!!!!

Ann said...

How lucky you are to have such wonderful sisters. I have one half sister and we never had the opportunity to really get to know each other.

Tamago said...

What a lovely post and how nice that you are so close to each other.

Thank you for visiting my blog. It is very nice to meet you :-)

Kristina said...

This is beautifully written! :) What a great tribute!

Brian (not the cat) said...

Beautiful tribute. I owe a lot to my sisters, too. Like you, I'm the youngest, and I love your description "like planets in space," because they are exactly that to the youngest -- features of the universe.

Kittie Howard said...

BB, that was a beautiful tribute to your sisters. Actually, my eyes misted. But I'm smiling, happy to read such happiness. And I'd pick all of you out of a crowd as sisters - that's a compliment. You're a beautiful group.

Daisy said...

This is a lovely post, Betty. There is no other bond quite like the one between sisters. You are very blessed to have so many sisters to share things with. I love the pictures! :)

Hilary said...

That's beautiful. It makes me happy to know that I'll be seeing my sister in one week. Nicely written.

Baby Sister said...

Betty that was so sweet. Reminded me of my family/sisters. :)

Eve said...

It is so nice that you and your sisters are so close..I have three grown sons and they are all close.

Talli Roland said...

Aren't you lucky to have such wonderful people around you, supporting you. And I love that lion photo. You're so cute, Betty!

slommler said...

What a huge blessing in your life!! Four sisters!!! Wow!
I have three brothers...also blessings in my life. We too get closer and we get older!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Catherine said...

Well now ~ that is one good looking bunch of ladies!! Wonderful post Betty!
xo Catherine

Stephanie V said...

Lovely post. I like the idea that the family was `set`when you entered it. Being the eldest, I guess I was one of the unchanging planets for my siblings. I never thought of a family as being unchanging.

Mellisa Rock said...

This reminds me that I need to make up with my sister - currently at odds over something that is not going to change - thanks for the reminder that sisters are precious.

Lin said...

Darn it, darn it, darn it! I wish I had sisters like you, Betty!! :( I only have a stupid brother and they aren't nearly as fun. Bummer.

I love your photos when you were young AND now. What a treasure that is to have your sisters. I really missed out.

Brian said...

Tag, you're it!

Sara said...

Darn you, Betty, for making me feel all sappy and emotional and wanting to dig up old pictures of my sisters and me! Warning: I may just steal your post idea.

The Adorkable Ditz said...

Gotta love family :)

On another note I can tell you guys are sisters because you got the same nose!

It's weird but funny too cause everyone in Cam's family has similar noses too. :)

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