Monday, January 18, 2010

Siblings

Back home after another weekend with my siblings. Since our parents died suddenly in 1999, within months of each other, it's like we have this pact to stay together no matter what. We're quite different from each other in many ways, and we all have powerful egos and big ideas. But we've managed to maintain that happy extended family feeling for each other, and our kids.

In this area of my life, I am one lucky woman. Each of my siblings would give me the shirt off their back. Each of them would drive to my side in the dark of night if I asked them.

Like the photo above, we spend a lot of time around someone's kitchen table. But the chocolate milk has been replaced with coffee or wine. Grey hair has replaced dark. And there are a lot more people joining us now. But we have the same joy as those kids.

13 comments:

Anita said...

I love the relationship the 4 of you have built. My husband only has his 5 brothers, but sadly they have not been able to keep close.......I feel so bad for him.

Shan said...

That's so sweet! I am envious.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Best photo I've seen in many a day. Thanks for posting it.

michaelg said...

You do have an amazing clan that is also raising amazing young people.

kirby said...

I have two brothers, but I wouldn't mind having only one, if you know what I mean.

Little Sister said...

I love the side-by-side refrigerator/freezer monsters in the background and I can SMELL that kitchen. We do look so content sipping our chocolate milk-but it was such a treat to even have it!

Beth said...

Without family you have nothing

Mommy Lisa said...

That is cute as anything! :) I only have the one brother...but I love him anyway.

SkylersDad said...

Great picture! And... true confession time...

I still drink chocolate quick.

Churlita said...

I love that photo. My siblings and i were all orphans when we were kids, so we're pretty close as adults...We definitely drive each other crazy though. Usually, a weekend together is perfect. Much more than that can create drama.

ll said...

happy new year............................................................

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Just goes to show that doing normal things together can build relationships, not just doing "special things."

Cheesecake Maven said...

At least those are real straws! Remember when we would pluck the plastic tubing out of mom's kitchen blinds and use them as straws, and how shaggy the blinds became after a few weeks of doing that?

Good memories!