September 2014: Ode to sisters

By August 29, 2014Sentimental Journey

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I was chatting with a client the other day when the discussion turned to sisters. She beamed when she spoke of being raised in a large family of girls, five sisters to be exact. She is still inseparable from all of them. They just got back from an annual sisters’ beach trip. She recounted how time just stands still for them. Whenever they get together, they giggle like schoolgirls and are young again.

I certainly understood a house full of women. Growing up with sisters is special. I won’t say it was always easy, but there is nothing like the love and companionship of sisters. They are there in the good and bad times. They share our history. They are our biggest cheerleaders and also there to dry our tears in sadness. It’s even better if it becomes laughter through tears.

It made me think of the song “Sisters, Sisters” from the 1954 musical “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. My sister and I loved to act out the song made famous by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Allen, wishing we could wear the large teal-feathered fans from the original choreography. I’m sure we looked fabulous clad in our pajamas donning feather boas.

“Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters
Never had to have a chaperone, no sir
I’m here to keep my eye on her
Caring, sharing
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrives from Rome
She wore the dress and I stayed home.”

Music always brings up good childhood memories. No matter how much time passes, there is nothing like spending time with your sisters, or brothers. What songs make you think of special memories with your siblings? I hope you’ll share.