Monday, December 1, 2014

Sisters - Forever Friends

This post was inspired by the novel, The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan, about two estranged sisters who are forced to work together in order to uncover the hidden inheritance left to them by their mother. Join From Left to Write on December 2nd as we discuss The Mill River Redemption and enter to win a copy of the novel. As a member I received a copy of the novel for review purposes.

This year has been a pretty good year for my online book club. We've read some really great books that created quite a bit of discussion and really inspired all the members to share thoughts and feelings and experiences. I believe this is the last book for 2014 and it's a good one. I can't wait for 2015!!!

I only just started this book over the Thanksgiving Holiday and have to admit I haven't read it all but was inspired right from the beginning to write about sisters.

One of the best posts that I've ever written, and my personal favorite is this one entitled simply SISTERS. It starts out with one of my favorite paintings, Deux Soeurs (Two Sisters) by William Adolfe Bouguereau. I love these two sisters together. The older one protecting the younger one and yet you also see the older one leaning on the younger one for support. I felt this when I wrote the post about my mom and her sister.

I feel that when I think about my own sister. There is a special bond between sisters and definitely a strong bond between my mom and her sister and me and my sister.

"Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child." - Barbara Alpert.

My Sister Lisa and I in Mexico on vacation with our parents
As a big sister you're brave because you know your little sister is watching you, waiting for your reaction. If you're not scared, she's not scared.

"Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other." - Carol Saline

My sister Lisa and I at a Halloween Party this year
When you're with your sister you know that you have a ready-made friend. Someone there that's always ready to be your partner in crime!

"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship." - Margaret Mead

My sister Lisa and me this October in Lake Tahoe
"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost." - Marion C. Garretty

Lisa and I in our aprons ready to do our mom's bidding while making Christmas Tamales
"If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child." - Linda Sunshine

Lisa and I in the bleachers waiting for her sons Graduation Ceremony to begin
"A Sister is a gift to the heart, a Friend to the spirit, a Gold Thread to the meaning of Life". - Isadora James

If ever Lisa and I have to work together to discover a hidden inheritance I think we will do quite well both in finding the inheritance and in spending it!


  1. Reading this makes me miss my sister, who lives in Louisiana! You're right, being sisters is such a unique and difficult to describe experience.

    1. Well I hope you get to see your sister soon!

  2. If you haven't already, I recommend reading "Freud's Blond Spot" - a book of essays on siblings. It's pretty fabulous and an easy read!

    1. I checked out the book on Amazon and will order it when I get home. I also checked the reviews on Goodreads and people like it. Thanks for the recommendation and thanks for commenting!

  3. My youngest sister came for Thanksgiving -- I hadn't seen her in almost a year, and this post really made me long to have my family all together. It's tough when your sisters (and parents) live in different states!

    1. Oh Darcie! I would just be adrift and alone in the world without my sister. She and I talk every morning on the phone on the way to work, and then again at lunch time and then sometimes on the drive home. We have coffee together every Sat & Sun morning with our mom. People say you never see one of us without the other and we are quite often mistaken for twins. I have two brothers that I see maybe one a year and they are both a stones throw from where I am right now and never see them. Sisters have a special bond.

  4. Very lovely post. Bouguereau is a marvelous painter, is he not? The picture of you two as children in Mexico is a really cool!

    One of the great things about being poor is there are no disputes over inheritance!

    May you and your sister have many years of adventures yet to come!

    1. He is marvelous! Love his paintings! I love that picture of Lisa and I in Mexico. I have another picture that I love of Lisa and I where I crawled into her crib and I'm holding her as a tiny baby, but I can't find it!

      It's funny that even when you are poor people will fight over the silliest things!!! I've seen it happen in many families.

      I still have to finish writing about our Lake Tahoe adventure!


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