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Golden Geek: Sibling Memories
Having passed my 70th birthday, I was reminded of this photograph by the birthday cards I received from my sister Carol (left, above) and my sister Judy (right, above). I don’t recall this photograph being taken, although a large version was prominently displayed near the front room of our family home in Tacoma, Washington.
It is touching to think how I and my two sisters stay connected after all of this time. I am the oldest, with Judy just over two years younger, followed by Carol at a little over two more years. (My birthday is first each year, followed by Judy in the Spring, Carol in the Autumn).
As youngsters, the three of us spent a lot of time together, especially on those rainy Northwest days when we weren’t in school.
We also followed through the same school systems. Once I moved from 6th grade at Horace Mann School to Stewart Junior High School, Judy and I would be in the same school only once out of every three years. Carol and I were never in school together once I entered the 7th grade. After high school, I went off to college in Pasadena for a short time, then moving to Seattle. Shortly after Carol graduated from Lincoln High School in
Both Judy and Carol attended Washington State University. Judy returned to teach school. Carol married and moved to Minnesota, where she remains near her two daughters and her grandchildren. A few years ago Carol obtained a masters degree and began working in special programs for youngsters and young mothers.
The three of us have our separate lives. Although Judy and I are nearby, we each have our own connections and activities, and we treasure the times we get to spend together. It is a special treat when Carol is visiting out this way and we can connect in person. Carol and Judy are more connected, often finding vacations and trips to take together.
The next time the three of us are together, we should restage this photograph.
All of this reminiscence is triggered by my birthday cards. They remind me that as much as we have traveled quite different roads, our childhood connections hold on. It also shows me how much I can be reminded of shared experiences that I have forgotten and that were memorable for my sisters. It is one of those benefits of growing up family that we remember for each other. I am thankful that our growing into adult friends is not marked by the turmoil and separation that I’ve seen in the families of others.
It is wonderful to be able to look back and learn what was the best of it for each of us.
Dennis,It is interesting when I read your and Judy's rememberances how mine are both the same and different. I was only 13 when you left for CalTech so we knew each other only as much younger siblings. I wasn't in school with either of you more than a year though teachers always remembered you both and would mention you to me. I remember how when we lived in Kankakee how I got to "March Around the Breakfast Table" with both of you, only when you marched out the door to school, I had to stay behind. I remember trying to argue out of that with Mom. And I was a bit slow at learning to hold on to a tree so the Duchess,the great dane wouldn't knock me over in a game of tag. I still have the letter you wrote to me in college - we seldom actually wrote to one another so it was especially valued. You were trying to explain the concept of "0" to me so I am guessing I was asking for help with a math assignment. Even though we were seldom in the same geographic location, I always knew that if I needed either of you, you would be there for me. And I for you. That is still a wonderful gift. Carol H
Carol, I just love it that you comment on my blog. It warms my heart every time I see your comments.
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