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.
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.
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.)
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!
At Caitlin and Christian’s wedding June, 2001
We’re on a boat! With our Aunt Ruth.
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 member of the family, baby Asher.
Susie, you are always in my heart and on my mind. Miss you every day.
With love from your baby sister,