Sunday, March 27, 2011

thoughts on family

I think my and my sister's kids kind of forget how much they enjoy each other in between visits, and then to see them together again - oh! These younger versions of us, so different from us.

So much about my sister reminds me of her as the child I lived with for eighteen years. In just as many ways, she's unrecognizable to me as that same girl. She and I, we have some of the same mannerisms, some of the same physical characteristics, just as you'd expect. Cal and Abbott's teachers immediately guessed, without introduction, that she was my sister. I had forgotten how much she talks with her hands. Over the weekend I noticed for the first time, her hands and feet look nothing like mine, much to my surprise. My hands have always reminded me of my mom's.

Wishing we didn't live so very far apart. Thinking ahead to the next time we'll all be together, and wondering how we'll be different and how we'll be similar, then.

8 comments:

Cathy said...

Good to reflect on family, from the past and in the here and now, I think.
Love the sailboat shot, by the way.

Emily M. said...

it's hard living far from family--especially sisters. that picture with the water and the sailboat and the rain is pretty awesome. great capture!!

Sammi said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I love seeing relatives that live far away, they're always my favourite relatives :)

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Sisters... I just spent some time with mine too. So many memories.

Emily Vanessa said...

Love your thoughts on family. I grew up with half siblings who were much older and never lived at home so in a way I'm an only child. Now I find it difficult to bridge that distance with them. I'm so glad you could enjoy these special moments with your sister and her kids and hope you can meet again soon.

KPiep said...

Having watched my husband struggle to deal with his difficult sister (they barely speak anymore...she just makes poor decisions and seems to blame him for making good choices) I can tell you what a true blessing it is to love and appreciate one's sibling.

I really hate being so far away from my own brother. I have to laugh a bit, though. When we went to visit my brother last spring I realized that he and I have identacle feet....his are just bigger than mine! I also remember the shock I felt when I got my wedding photos and saw for the first time just how much he and I look like each other.

Love your photos today!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

What a lovely tribute to her. You are so lucky to have a sister!

Francesca said...

I notice the same about my sister - the same roots, and the different branches.