Posts tagged ‘siblings’

boo hoo

The little red car did eventually pull away from the curb. My sister left this morning, and I am sad. Not only is she my sister, not only do my girls adore her, but she is also a fantastic person. She is funny, strong, generous, thoughtful, independent, and interesting. I am a better person for spending time with her, and I know the same is true for these girls.

This photo is Emily receiving a massage from Echo and Xi after dinner. She had just finished regaling them with stories of yore, the time she broke her arm, and bust her front teeth, and saved a boy at the beach. They were riveted.

This morning when I said Emy was leaving the girls hardly took notice. In just a short week they had become accustomed to her comings and goings, out with the dogs in the morning for coffee, and again in the afternoon for yoga. They were so sure that she would return shortly that they casually waved as Em loaded herself with the detritus of departure. As an adult I was too aware of how long it might be until we saw her again, so I gave them a bit more information and they hopped up to smother her in a group hug.


After she pulled away I did the best I could to take care of myself by hosting play group. I moped while vacuuming up dog hair in preparation and then swung the door wide for mamas and kids. Surrounding myself with friends and scenes like this

helped take the edge off of my missing, but I still wish she lived here.


April 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

empathy delivery


It’s been a bit stormy around these parts lately. Not just the weather either. Seems there has been a cosmic synchronicity and all households have seen some feisty turbulence. So I hereby deliver some empathy to any and all:

  • that have not left the house for three days straight because their two year old does not want to go outside in the cold and does not want to wear a coat
  • that do not want to wear coats, be they two or thirty something, because it is not fair that it is already so cold
  • that are feeling FURIOUS watching their older child physically harm their younger child
  • that are not enjoying the presence of a younger sibling that plays with the toys, makes loud noises, bumps the chair they are sitting on, etc.
  • that wonder if their wife/husband/partner is the right person for them
  • that miss their wife/husband/partner and wish she/he would come home soon
  • that have the flu
  • that are pregnant and feeling tired, emotional, frustrated, or all of the above
  • that are working so hard at raising their children and are not feeling like the heroic warriors they are
  • that are tired and want to go to bed but still have things they need to get done
  • that are feeling insecure, or lonely, or sad
  • that are criticizing their body, and/or food choices
  • that want to be with their kids more than they are
  • that are having a hard time with squabbling children
  • that are worried about money
  • that want something that is not available to them

I love you. And here’s to a sunnier weekend.


October 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm 2 comments

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