~ Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in White Christmas
I found this old Polaroid photo of my sister and me. It was in rough shape when I rescued it from a box of junk a few months ago. Fortunately, it was found in time.
This is me and my sister Lisa. We are 21 months a part, and we were close growing up. We are wearing dresses my mom sewed for us. It was the 70’s so you will understand why the dresses were pink and purple. These were short versions of the long dresses worn by the New Life Singers we traveled with, and the material was chosen so that when the black light would hit the dresses, they would glow.
Our favorite thing to do was to play “church.” She would be the song leader, and I would be the pianist. We set our dolls up on the sofa and used a candy dish for an offering plate. I always played an offertory, but those dolls were pretty stingy.
Lisa would pinch hit as the preacher, too. Mom would lurk in the dining room sometimes to listen to the “sermons” Lisa would preach and Mom said she sometimes made some pretty good points!
Sisters that stay close are a real blessing from God. They share your childhood memories like nobody else can. We shared a bedroom for a long time also, so we shared secrets and excitement on birthdays and Christmas and all the other times in childhood. There were a few arguments over whose things were on whose side of the room, but all in all, Lisa was a great roommate. In college, the girls fought over having her for a roommate. Lisa could make me laugh better than anyone. She still can.
Once as young adults, we were at a convention together, and we shared a hotel room. We were afraid our neighbors would call the front desk because we laughed so late into the night. I’ll never forget those times. Let’s hear it for sisters!