Friday, September 14, 2007

True Friends...

I'm lucky, and I know it. My sisters are my dearest friends, something that has been true most of our lives. Of course when we were younger we had occasional tiffs, but it's been rare as we've gotten older that we disagree. Both sisters are younger than I am (although people often think I'm the youngest!). One is 2 years younger, the other is six years young. Both are in education. The youngest is a 5th-8th grade social studies teacher, the other is a volunteer art teacher here in my school. She's also one of the major fund-raisers for us.

Every morning on our ways to work, my youngest sister and I talk. It takes us about the same amount of time to get to our schools, so we talk each other to work. I miss it if for some reason one or the other of us cannot make the call. Even if we talk later in the day, the morning feels a little off if we don't talk.

I actually see my other sister every day, as she is either teaching or otherwise working around the school (today she was painting the bathrooms, other times she's working in the flower gardens). We talk many times throughout the day as she's out and about the school.

One year all three of us worked together. That was the best. The youngest was our computer teacher for a year. Many times she and I would do cross-curricular assignments and even take joint field trips together.

When we were in college (I went for 5 years and the youngest did high school in three years, so there was a year when we were there at the same time), we played in the college orchestra together, along with our father, and one sister's future husband, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law. Now that was a blast!

We share many of the same interests--including the kind of books we like to read. We are constantly sharing them with each other (OK, so I'm the one who buys the most, but they do their share). We also like gardening and camping and biking and quilting and spending time with our family as a whole.

Yes indeed, I am lucky in my sisters. And I thank God every day for both of them.

Pictures from A Source of Joy


La Tea Dah said...

You are so blessed to have such sweet sisters! My sis and I are also both in education --- as were our parents. It's a special bond. How fun it must have been to all three work together at the same school. That's incredible!

Heidi said...

There was a time....when a certain sophomore class was SURE that you and Martha were conspiring against us with those cross-curricular assignments! It was good for us in the long run, but we weren't always appreciative... :)

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a lovely post about your sisters. You are so fortunate to have them so close and one even working at your school.

KJ said...

This is a wonderful tribute! I only have brothers. But, God seems to have made up for it by giving me fabulous sisters in the Lord!

Best Blessings, KJ