Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sister time...Sharing my world with my closest ally

Sis was here a week ago for a long weekend. Her world and her loves are time consuming and sometimes demanding of her lovingkindness and big heart. So she calls me up, saying ... "Can I come up for a few days. I need a respite." She is always welcome. The only person that never needs an invitation or reason... well there are a few other people I feel this way about, but none that I say "Yes." to without question.
So she came, with her tired body and the anticipation of sleeping in, taking naps and wandering with her older sister.
We, of course, came to the river. We always have to stand on a rock and contemplate the river's beauty.
A cadence of movement and harmony, of fluid peacefulness.

The place that lets you feel its presence.

That asks you to step onto its ancient bedrock and smooth stones...

To walk across its bridges...

To understand where it comes from...

And where it's going.
To find yourself looking at something bigger and older than man's history of it and finding reassurance in that thought.

I watch my sister relax. I see her smile, talking politics with the Prospector... having patience and understanding with a different point of view. I see the little girl who still loves the man I married so long ago.

We also do the things that we always do... going to see Sandy at Country Living in Amador City and having lunch at Andres. We buy one small ceramic piece of art at a gallery in Sutter Creek, by a favorite artist, and we stopped at Wal Mart, on the way home, for some essentials. There are no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods here. We have a good time, laughing at the long lines and watching the interesting people. We are part of the potpourri.

But, always...  there are the long talks. The discussions about life. And...there are the quiet, peaceful naps, in the afternoon, with Carl, who allows Sis to cuddle up with him on the sofa bed and sleep. He thinks that this is his bed and that she is there because of his permissions. He is guarding her. What a dog! I think that this is a mutual admiration and agreement for both of them. I think they have discussed this without me.
She reads a book for hours each day, from beginning to end... a luxury of monumental proportions.
Carl, and sometimes Cutter, are always at her side.

The time goes by too quickly.
She is saying goodbye and " I love you. See you next month. I will call you about the workshop."
The visit is done. The car drives away, down the dirt road.
I wave and return to the house.

I have a sister. 
Life is good.


  1. This is beautiful. You need to make a book of it so your sister can revisit it between respites. (There's a special offer right now at Shutterfly; I'm doing a book about our canoe trip. I'll forward the email I got with the promo code.)

  2. What a wonderful post !
    Sounds like wonderful sisterly time too .

  3. You are so lucky to have a sister, one you can talk with and do things with. Wonderful post. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  4. i am glad that you had a good time with...and it is so cool that you have such a close relationship...when we are with the ones we love that time always seems to go by so fast....

    love all the textures in your world too...the river rocks and old bridges...

  5. I'm the youngest of four sisters (two are in Heaven now). There is nothing like Sisterhood. Wonderful photos!

  6. I may have said this before Farmlady, but you are so very blessed to have a loving sisterly relationship.
    I am very happy for you while still envying your blessedness.

  7. I may have said this before Farmlady, but you are so very blessed to have a loving sisterly relationship.
    I am very happy for you while still envying your blessedness.


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