Brothers and sisters


Today, this crazy little sister/big sister celebrates you, my big sis & baby bro.  Miss Buttermilk & Leroy Brown, my Sue City Sue & Ant, auntie Sue & Unca T, my fellow stooges, the two who along with me, make up The Musketeers.  The three chimps that Hear no Evil, Speak No Evil & See no Evil and also the monkeys that jump on the bed and yes one always falls off and bumps their head….

e each deal with childhood in different ways. That brothers and sisters can take the same lump of clay that is childhood and use it to shape themselves into unique human beings is a miracle in itself. Despite individual struggles, triumphs, joys and disappointments, there  is someone is made of the same stuff and has been at your side, whether figuratively or literally, from the beginning of your life. 




 

To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. I will always be the middle child and always be the little sister and the big sister We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. I have the most wonderful, loving memories of us three together.  I also have so many incredibly, special moments with just my big sis, and also just with my little brother. we have laughed & cried together. We’ve taught each other so many things it’s hard to even list; we have wandered together both in our country & overseas, we’ve taught each other how to drive,  about sex, about love, about trust, loyalty  and about family.

 

Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate your siblings. As children, you fought over toys and car seats; as adults, you argue over perceived slights, or shared responsibilities. But April 10 is National Sibling Day, which means it’s time to put away hard feelings and remember why brothers and sisters are so special, remember why our sibling relationships are so powerful and the longest relationship we shall ever have!

Since last November, we have stood up together, a united front for each other and for my parents while our dad has been very ill.  I can say, without equivocation, that they helped me stand upon my own two feet finding a new kind of strength in each other.   At this point in my life, I need to say thank you to both of them also.  I don’t know if  they realize exactly how crucial a role  they both have played  in the lives of my children.  They both have stepped into a few different roles on my behalf.   My younger brother, as a father figure, teaching my kids how to ride bikes or how to throw a football. My sister teaching them how to do flips into the pool or how to not be afraid to crank that music up and sing even if no one can carry a tune. From big things to little things, I am fortunate to have them in our lives.  From “milking the rat,”. running from a swirlie, and oh Lordy we mustn’t forget that “Pile”….. together, we have shown my children what being a brother and a sister really means, what you do for each other.  We must always be there for each other to lean against when it’s needed.   
This photo from my sisters wedding, I see on all our faces that we were getting ornery, a favorite pastime with each other.  I remember clearly, as I am sure they do as well, our parents standing behind the photographers and my mom had look of “oh no..” on her face, “they are getting started” as my dad just started giggling .  They knew exactly what was going on.  As we all saw those looks, well we just got worse, egging each other on, we are great at that too 
This crazy sibling loves you both to the moon& back!!  Ain’t no mountain high, no valley low, , no river wide enough…..
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