It’s April 9th, my sister’s birthday. In what has become an annual tradition–for now anyway–I’m re-posting this edited version.
Five years ago, in 2014, I was out of town at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and missed being here for her birthday. So I put together something special to make up for being away, because we always celebrated our birthdays together.
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.
I wish I still had that pompom skirt!
California girls in our sundresses.
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.
In New York, we took dance classes and wore hats.
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. (2019 update: I am temporarily on the disabled list for tap class, but I’ll be back! I’ve loved dancing with her teacher and the wonderful “girls” in the class.)
With our Grampa Mike
We wore hats in California too
Ah, the early teens. . .Everyone has an awkward stage at this point, right? Hoo boy. But I kind of like this picture because we are now taller than the hedge and it doesn’t show in the background.
These were perhaps the coolest dresses we ever had. Her hair looks perfect here! No more glasses, either.
She goes off to college, but not too far away from home.
And her hair keeps getting longer! Did I say I wasn’t going to just focus on hair this time? Can’t help it.
Fast forward: a niece to play with!
Celebrating her birthday, a few
decades years ago.
Skipping ahead to 1980…Welcoming a new baby boy.
A post chicken pox picture: Goofing around with the kids.
We went on a couple of “sisters only” adventures–and this time we ended up in hot water.
On June 6th, 1986, Aunt Sooz helped welcome my son James into the world. She took some pictures and got to hold the brand-new baby!
Helping cut the cake at our 25th anniversary party
At Caitlin and Christian’s wedding June, 2001
Several years later, my son Myles got married.
Another wedding! James was the groom this time.
As her niece and nephews start their own families, Great Aunt Sooz gets to hold the babies and play with them as they grow up.
Sadly, Susie was not here to welcome the newest members of the family: Asher in 2017 and Violet Grace in 2018.
And here she is, on another birthday, many years ago…An April birthday means you get a bunny cake. Two bunnies, in fact.
Susie, you are always in my heart and on my mind. Miss you every day.