“Sisters share the scent and smells – the feel of a common childhood.”

The freeze is on its way with single digits and even below zero temperatures predicted for the next few nights. Daytime highs will be in the teens or the low 20’s. It’s time to hunker down with an afghan and a new book.

Even Miss Gracie is never outside for long. She prefers to look out the front door rather than ramble through the yard. The birds at the feeders look as if they’re shrugging, hunched up, to stay warm. Mostly they’re goldfinches but yesterday a house finch joined them. I could see the red on his head. I don’t know where my chickadees have gone. They used to be the largest population at the feeders.

When I was young, I had to share a room with my sister. She and I were too far apart in age to have any shared interests. Sometimes I’d want to be alone in my room, but up she’d come and with a know-it-all voice say, “This is my room too, you know,” as if I could ever forget. She and my other little sister were a twosome. A lot of times they played in the cellar with various dolls and their doll carriages, and I was thrilled to be rid of them.

I went off to college when they were 13 and 11 and then after graduating I left for the Peace Corps. One of my sisters told me that my going to Ghana meant they’d get more presents for Christmas. I remember the Sunday my parents were driving me to the airport for the flight to Philadelphia for staging. My sisters were asked if they’d like to come. They said no.

It’s funny how the differences in years disappear when you’re adults. I love spending time with my sisters. We still don’t have a whole lot in common, but that doesn’t seem to matter any more. We get together and laugh, play some games and enjoy each other. I can’t remember the last time I  suggested they play in the cellar.

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10 Comments on ““Sisters share the scent and smells – the feel of a common childhood.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It feels much colder than it actually is outside. We have around 31F but it feels like 0 🙂 Can´t understand why because we have absolutely no wind at all.

    It´s the opposite in my family. Even if I´m five years younger than my youngest sibling we spent a lot of time together when I grew up and until I was around 30. Now days we hardly meet at all and all of us seems to like it that way.

    We´re not angry with each other at all so it is a bit strange really. Perhaps it´s because we did spend so much time when we were younger that we don´t do it now days?

    Have a great day now!

    • katry Says:

      It may reach below zero tomorrow night without the wind chill. I had to go out today, and it was really cold, and my trip wasn’t long enough to warm the car.

      I really miss my sisters as I don’t see them often enough. We do talk a lot on the phone so we do keep in touch.

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    I remember going off to boot camp and when the day arrived instead of Mom and Dad I asked my girlfriend to drive me down to Richmond, VA. I believe my military father was upset. But we shook hands in good cheer and it was hard on my Mother who couldn’t hold back the tears. But I kinda know how you felt back then. An adult but still young woman ready for an adventure in another country. I had that adventure in me as well until the rubber hit the road and reality of actually killing someone in a war started playing on my mind. I did get to boot camp by train and it was a fond fairwell to my high school sweetheart.

    • katry Says:

      It’s true-I was excited and nervous all at once.

      When I got to the airport in Philadelphia, I saw a guy wearing a button down shirt and tan khakis carrying a whole lot of luggage and looking around a bit nervously. I figure we looked similar-me in my skirt and blouse with loads of luggage and looking around nervously. I asked him if he going to the Hotel Sylvania-he was. We shared a cab.

      I was twenty one then and off on a grand adventure and scared stiff I’d fail.

  3. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    Only two sisters?? Were you ever lucky!


  4. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I have a toxic sister.. the song is great though. There must of been joys of having a sister somewhere or sometime… I now have special friends I call sisters. Women who can comfort me, when I don’t feel well, and tell me the truth when I need to hear it. Ah…. sisters… I’ll just never understand what happened.

  5. katry Says:

    One was quite enough!

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