Sister day

March 29, 2007 at 8:48 pm | Posted in family, Happy, Love, Photographs, sisters | 6 Comments

I drove to the city to see Carrie-Lynn (and Titan the cat) today.  We went for a lovely hike and then to IKEA for lunch.  The weather was perfect, as was the Swedish food that we ate.

We had a little talk about how having a sister is a wonderful thing.  We are best friends for life and no matter what happens, she will always be there for me and I for her.

We’ve always been close.  Even when she broke my leg pushing me down the stairs, and during the countless times she kicked the crap out of me, or scalded me with hot water in the shower, or threw me out of her room for trying to hang out with her and her very cool friends; even when she put on my doll’s diaper and peed in it.

We were sisters when I threw her soccer trophy at her knee, when I hit her in her newly developing bosoms with one of her crutches, or threw a piano bench at her, or read her diary in sixth grade and screamed out YOU LOVE SO AND SO! in front of everyone during a fight.

We will always have that competition for the longer hair, as if the length of our hair symbolizes the secret power that we wish to hold over the other.  We will always look the same, confuse those who call us on the telephone because they can’t tell us apart, wear the same silly expressions on our face when we read poetry aloud.

We have a history.  A sister history.  And it is ours and only ours.  We will always have our memories, and each other.

I am thankful to have a sister like mine.

Who are you thankful for?

for fun

March 29, 2007 at 10:00 am | Posted in Friends, Help a sister out | 7 Comments

My dear friend Binky has come for a visit to interview me.


1. Do you fall in love easily?

It depends on what you call “love” here. I’ve only truly been in love twice. I’ve loved many, and I do find that I am quite easy when it comes to drowning in the river of love. I love all of my friends. I love my fish. I love my family. I succumb to Jane Austen’s theory: There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.


2. You are transported to an alternate reality where the inhabitants are completely drained of any ability to multitask. You must choose between being a writer and a photographer. What’s your decision, and why?

I would pick photography. I like to write, but I don’t find myself needing to write as I find myself wanting to take pictures of everything. Besides, I remember my memories best when I’ve got a photo of them. I would have to become a fiction writer to make up for all of my memories that I don’t have on film. But see, the day we took these pictures of you and the baby at the park? I could tell you exactly what the air felt like or how great the cheese and grapes tasted, because I took photos of the day.


3. When was the last time you went skinny dipping?

June 8th. But only because my job didn’t allow me to go to Vermont often. The next time I go skinny dipping might be in two weeks, depending on the temp of the stream in the mountains of Montgomery.


4. What quality don’t you possess that you wish you did?

I always wish I learned to Irish dance as a kid. I’d also like to be able to knit or crochet socks.


5.You inherit 5 million dollars the same day aliens land and say they’re going to blow up the world in two days… what do you do? (Extra points if you can identify the source of this question)

I would donate it to the forces that will kill the aliens. Or feed starving children so that they may die full. Or buy one hell of a bomb shelter. (if I had to guess, I’d say War of the Worlds? I know I’m wrong, but they filmed part of that movie in my hometown so I figure I’ll go out in style with some trivia for you.)


Question of the day: How do you vacuum your stairs? Yesterday I dragged the vacuum cleaner down each step and used the tiny reacher tool. It took me forever. There has got to be a better way. Shed your vacuuming light on how you do this tedious task and help a sister out.

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