My sister, Andree, and me by catsmeowb

My sister, Andree, and me

Standing in the back corner of our yard that had a wrap around flower garden just before we left to attend church.In this photo, I am eleven, she is 13.
Andree and I are very different yet very much the same. We both enjoy photography and can get quite obsessive about it, she takes macros of bugs, fungus and identifies everything correctly. She sells her photos and they appear in guide books; she also creates gift cards and has web sites, blogs, etc. She is very computer savvy and is a math teacher. She also believes the humanites are a waste of time, should be eliminated from curruculum to make time for science and technology.

Well. There we disagree. Where would we be without learning about our past, I ask her? Doomed. Why do you still attend church if you do not believe in the humanities, I question? She has no answer to that - or claims it is entirely different.

We had a lot of advantages growing up. Nice house, nice clothes, good food, great education. The biggest one was each other.
This is an enchanting scene, thank you for sharing. :0)
November 12th, 2012  
I love the story and this photo that reminds you of so much. Isn't it interesting how the memory can dig up so much from seemingly nothing but an image or a sound or smell or sound ...
November 12th, 2012  
@claireuk thank you, Claire. this is one of very few photos i have from my childhood - i remember being soooooo unhappy about my dress being that long.
November 12th, 2012  
@dmortega yes, it is. memory is so strange. i look at this shot and it brings back a flood. andree was such a care-taker to me - she took me from our babysitter's because i wanted to go home to our daddy once and so she started walking home with me. i remember seeing the fences outside pratt and whitney and then the police car that pulled up next to us. i must have been 2 years old so she would have been 4. we had a live-in housekeeper after that. when i was 6, my father re-married and andree felt she had been replaced as my caretaker. she really resented it - and her - too.
November 12th, 2012  
Beautiful :) nothing can replace the bond between sisters ...
November 12th, 2012  
This is very interesting to me. I always wanted a sister, but had two brothers and then two sons. my skills with girls never got truly developed I think
November 12th, 2012  
@petitefaerie yes, you are so correct. she lives about 20 miles from me and we don't see each other all that often but are still very 'close'.
November 12th, 2012  
@pandorasecho i always wanted a brother, too, and then, once i was an adult, got very bonded with our half brother who is two years younger than me. we have an older brother and sister who are 10 and 11 years ahead of us but they lived with our bio-mom although our father did have custody of them but they were old enough to choose to live with her - my father actully said they had been 'ruined' by the divorce but that we, because we were younger, had not, and so he had this mission to change our lives. we had an interesting upbringing.
November 12th, 2012  
what a couple of cuties. great memories
November 13th, 2012  
@sarasdadandmom i moved to vermont in 1992, then andree did around 2002 when my father was going downhill. she has lived in ct but was widowed by then and her children were all grown. it has taken us some time to reconnect. our stepmother was a master at keeping people separated but we have figured things out over the years - actually, over my father's bedside. sad way to have it happen, but at least it happened.
November 13th, 2012  
i saw this yesterday while having my lunch at the office but i couldn't log on. look at you, such a pretty young lady you were and you've grown into a beautiful woman you are now. it's a good thing it's just a picture or i'd have pinch your pretty cheeks so hard you'd kill me! love this photo!
November 14th, 2012  
@summerfield i was shocked to get this photo.it came in a package from my stepsister and was sent to jason. malcolm looks at it and it helps him understand the differences in how we were raised. for years, he worked as a mechanic and i would be all dressed up from one of my executive jobs; we would walk through the grocery store on the way home, me in my heels, him in his greasy uniform and he would sing Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" and wink at people. I always had a handprint on my butt because he thought it was funny. I look at this an see mila and felicity. so, so love seeing family traits being passed on. thank you so much for your kind words. you have made my day!
November 14th, 2012  
Lovely to see you next to your sister and knowing you two were close. two years apart in age isn't bad. my sister was 8 year older and my brother 7 years younger..they both past away a year apart - 2011 and 2012. Thea in Chicago and Red in Newmarket 10 minutes drive from where we live. none of us we're close except as kinds at home..how close can you get with our ages are that far apart?...
I like your touching story about the dressed up lady and the mechanic..so happy you found such a nice man in Malcom. (sorry I read your comment to summerfield.)
November 16th, 2012  
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