On the occasion of my sister’s birthday

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Yes, our mother made us both wear the hamantaschen costumes

It’s April 9th, my sister’s birthday. Four years ago, in 2014, I was out of town at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and missed celebrating with her. So I put together something special to make up for being away. Today I will spend the day with some of her good friends, sharing stories and memories. (I posted this in previous years also.) In case you missed it, here it is again: a recycled virtual birthday card:

When Susie turned 50, I did a retrospective of her many bad hairstyles over the years. She loved it! Obviously, I can’t do that again. Instead, I’m sharing some of our  history in photographs.

I went through my many piles of pictures and albums and tried to select some classics from over the years.

Many of the pictures from the early days are of the two of us, usually posed on the front lawn of the house in Richmond where we grew up. The hedges always look like they need pruning.

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Two babushkas right off the boat–with a jump rope, just in case.

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In our sundresses

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Not dressed for the same party. Wish I still had that pompom skirt.

We’re two and a half years apart, so we played together pretty well most of the time.I have a few scars, however. . .

We lived in New York City for a year in the 1950s. She was in third grade and I was in first. We struggled with our new snow clothes, rode the subway, and tried many new kinds of food. I got the mumps first, and gave them to her. The measles too. It was a big year for childhood diseases.

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On the sidewalks of New York

Back in California, where the hedges still needed pruning, we took tap and ballet lessons. She went further in ballet, and took up tap again several years ago. (2018 update: I am now also taking tap lessons with her teacher and the wonderful “girls” in the class.)

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Two in tutus

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