Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sisters who need sisters...

I was the first , making an entrance in 1959. The others followed in rapid Irish Catholic succession with a final count of 9 pregnancies and 6 kids in 10 years. Due to a bad roll of the dice for my brother, he was the only male.

So, as we were growing up there, were 5 girls and just one lad. It's no wonder he occasionally would "toss" a large metal tractor at our heads. Who wouldn't? One bathroom and a bunch of sisters ? we were lucky it was only tractors he tossed and not hand grenades.

 Like so many families we fought as children over many  trivial things like the last hot dog and who got to sleep closet to the fan in a small, cramped, non-air conditioned home. With the exception of one precious sister who died of pneumonia complications at the tender age of 11, we have all grown up.

Most miraculous of all...we like each other now.

We take this for granted at times, until we are told that not all sisters are as close as we are. Not all share every major holiday together, along with our ever expanding families,  or plan a week long family vacation together in another state (next June) or even risk an overnight trip to the Covered Bridge Festival in the neighboring state of Indiana like we just did this past weekend.


From left Teresa, Mary, Peg and Herself
 
We finally have learned that we can be great sources of support rather than just thorns in each others sides. We all love our husbands and feel that they got the better end of the marriage deals and we each enjoy sharing clothes back and forth ( as body shapes go up and down) now that we are no longer FORCED to share as when we were tiny. We especially liked sharing a couple of weak bottles of wine before retiring on Saturday night.
 
All in all I would say I am the luckiest sister in the world.

31 comments:

  1. Donna,

    That is so nice to hear.

    My sister & I are close but 10 years apart. She has children & I do not. Her's are mine as far as we are concerned. As she gets older she is more & more becoming my best friend (besides my husband).

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  2. Hey Donna,

    How wonderful and heart warming. And through childhood to adulthood, "Sisters who need sisters..." Are the luckiest sisters in the world.

    And no, I'm not going to mention that song where sisters are doing it for themselves....

    Take care and all the very best to you and your sisters.

    Gary :)

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  3. Though not Irish or Catholic, I also come from a big family (almost twice the size of yours) and for awhile, it was four proper young ladies to one daredevil boy. My mother always told people who were prepared to be sympathetic not to feel sorry for him, he could hold his own, and did he ever. But he's grown up now and no longer tackles me or flaunts every rule to see if he can get away with it. He's actually a nice person, just like Mom promised (prayed) he'd be someday.

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  4. And YOU'RE the only one with good eyesight!

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  5. I, too, have the best sisters in the world and one brother! They both mean the world to me and we all adore my brother. It's not often we all can be together, but when it happens it is 'indescribably delicious'! Lovely picture, Donna, that brought a smile to my face

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  6. Donna, What a beautiful post. You are so fortunate to have siblings... all my life, since as along as I can remember I wished for siblings... every falling star... ever well-penny... but I am an only child and love hearing stories like this. Especially when people appreciate what they got. Some don't realize how fortunate they are!! xoxoxo Jen

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  7. Lucky you for having such a lovely bunch of sisters. I don't have any sisters, and I miss this. Having brothers is not the same, especially when their wives do not want to bond with me although I have tried to bring them on board to be my 'in law' sisters! I've given up now.

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  8. What a wonderful tribute to your sisters, you and they are very lucky.

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  10. DFW. Yes, these 3 are my best buddies too.!

    Gary, any song you want to quaote is fine by me. From you , every word is music anyway.

    Amy. We treasure our brother too. We all becam especially close after our folks died in their youthful 60's

    Cro, always my champion. Thanks but I cheated by having Lasik surgery to correct my nearsigtedness. Only problem, now too broke to afford to color my hair!

    Broad. Thank you. As we age time together means more does it not?

    Jen. When young we all dreamed of being "onlies" . I so enjoy reading about the love you have for your mother. Now though we can't imagine life without the others. I think we make the best of what we are given, at least those who do seem happiest. And you seem like one of the happiest people I know in blogland!

    Vera, so sad that those sister-in-laws can't see it clear to hang with you. Pulling in other family members is so much fun.

    Martha we are beyond lucky. We are blessed a million times over. Thanks

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  11. Beautiful! I sure do love my Sissy as well!

    Lana

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  12. That's lovely! My two sisters are very precious to me. I don't get to see them enough!

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  13. Great picture of you and your sisters, Donna Marie.

    Jackie

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