“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
12:21 A.M.



Join -Wordful Wednesday


For a couple of decades now, the two of us sisters have been celebrating a special day. Just for the two of us. It all began in the early 1980's when I talked with my sister on the phone one weekend. She seemed down and out. My kids had nearly grown up and she had married late in life, and her husband was much older than she...she said she felt neglected. We both lived in Colorado, but she on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, and I on the eastern slope. We lived about 10 hours drive from each other. And the huge mountain range separated us from just taking off in the car and driving to visit. SNOWY, snow-packed mountains, and wintry, icy highways. It was late February at the time, and there was no way the two of us could just hop in the car, and take off to see each other. So the next Monday, on my lunch hour I told the boss that I'd like to take an extra hour off and do some personal things....that I'd make up for that two hour lunch the following day and come in early on Tuesday.

I went shopping. I bought two identical glasses...green, long stemmed, blown glass wine glasses. I bought two bottles of champagne. I bought one small gift. And I spent a long time looking for a certain special card from the Hallmark store. After that was accomplished and in my car, I then drove home, wrapped and packaged one glass, the gift, the card, and one of the bottles of champagne...shipped it off to my sister with instructions in the card on what we were going to do! I wrote to her telling her that on March 18th at 8 PM our time we were to both open our bottle of champagne, go out on our patio decks and face each other and salute sisterhood!

By the end of the week, she received her package and called me again. She was elated. At precisely 8 PM on the specified evening, we saluted each other and celebrated being sisters. Today, now that I'm on Central Time and she on Mountain Time we make sure we're in sync.

On March 18th, each and every year [whether we're home or on a trip]....we stop our personal lives with a phone call, a small gift for each other, and a glass of champagne....all at 8 PM!! Here's to YOU my sister!!! Today is OUR DAY!!!!

In the photo - Me on the left and my sister on the right circa 1980s
She is older than I am by 6 years.



50 comments :

  1. That's really sweet your relationship with your sister ! I recognized you immediately on the picture.
    The Q is a miracle !!! Just for fun I had looked around on sunday if I would find a Q but nothing ! Congratulations !

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  2. Your Q and your R were wonderful. The story about you and your sister was even better! What a special, neat tradition.

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  3. I love the story about your sister! Such a great tradition.

    Also love your Q and R! Your Q is quite unique.

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  4. Very well done Anni!
    Mine is up now too!

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  5. Thank you for stopping by my WW. This was a lovely post about your sister. I have two older sisters and I wish we were this close. I hope when I am older I can look back and have stories like this too. Have a great day!

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  6. I think that's such a wonderful way for sisters to honour each other. I found it really moving, especially as I am so close to my sister. This is my first time stopping by, it's been a pleasure!

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  7. What a wonderful idea! That was so thoughtful of you, and I love that you've both kept it up for all of these years. Enjoy your special day today!

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  8. I love the "March 18th at 8 pm" story. What a tremendous idea and habit.

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  9. you and your sister have a wonderful tradition (and relationship) going. it's heartwarming to read. my sister is 18 years older than me, and we've only become sisters and friends about 10 years ago, mainly due to the age gap and the distance (she lives very far away). but at least we have each other now...

    and yes, confuse me this morning... were is the post? where is the green? anni's been busy again. oh, btw, i like it...

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  10. Sisterly love is great! My sister and I have a candle that we burn when we feel we need each other! A magical WW to you!

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  11. Why is that the younger sister ALWAYS mentions that she's younger? My sister does that to me too!

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  12. blueviolet I also mentioned that she was OLDER than I. rofl That's to keep her in line and realize I'm younger, why....of course!!!


    ~Anni

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  13. I love your new design!!
    And love the tradition with your sister, my younger (and only) sister and I look at the full moon to have a connection over the Atlantic Ocean.

    Love your letters!! this was a difficult week.
    Aww, look at those cute bunnies :)

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  14. What a fun tradition!! I love it:)

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  15. I love that tradition that you and your sister have! What a sweet time for both of you to remember and celebrate being sisters!

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  16. I hope you and your sister do get to see each other IRL on occasion! My sis and I just spent the week-end together on a trip - it was great. We live in the same town, but don't talk often enough - mostly at church in the foyer! But she's retiring in 10 weeks, so hopefully that will change.

    Loved the letters!

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  17. Me again - BTW, I'm older by 11 months and two weeks (to the day), and have 3 younger brothers - and I have no gray hair, so don't mind saying so!! Drives them all crazy.

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  18. That's a very lovely thing you do with your sister. There should be a sisters & brothers day! I really like the photo too!

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  19. Yes... I've always loved that tradition you share with your sister. It IS the little things in life!

    That is a WONDERFUL Q Anni! And I haven't seen another one yet. We don't even HAVE a dead bolt so I NEVER would have thought of it! And t'was a very sharp eye that spotted your "r"! Nicely done!!! It's all down hill from here!

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  20. That is the most touching sisterhood story I have ever read. What a special bond the two of you have. Enjoy your day!

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  21. Love the story and that tradition with your sister!

    Your Q and R are perfect! Mine are up now -- hope you can stop by.

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  22. What a great idea! What a special day!

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  23. what a neat idea. My sister and I also live apart.. .two different states and miss so much of each other's lives...

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  24. What a special way to alway stop and cherish your close relationship. Having a sister as your friend is such a blessing. Hugs, Marty

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  25. What a wonderful idea!! You all are so blessed to have each other.

    Cheers to you two tonight!

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  26. What a wonderful way to celebrate your relationship. I love it! I have 3 younger sisters and I think sisters are incredible. Thanks for coming by today.

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  27. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! This is a beautiful picture, and what a wonderful tradition the two of you have - I just love it!

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  28. You make me want to mail my sister the $40 clinique lipstick I just found that I know she loves just to show her I'm thinking of her. I'd part with it for her lol.

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  29. Great memory, Anni. A really feel good type of story.

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  30. Anni,

    Love the photo of you and your sister and I'm glad you have this wonderful tradition. Sad to say, my sister and I are not close. Enjoy your Sister Day, my friend.

    You do come up with some great ideas for the alphabet game. The r is especially inventive.

    Have a great day.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  31. PS. I love your Easter decor. Great job!

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  32. Good Mornin' Anni,
    It's almost noon but still morning. LOL. I love the new look of your blog. You do amazing work on you blo. The 3 column isn't half bad either. Enejoye the story about you and your Sister and how you both take the time on a apecial day to face each other and salut Sisterhood. Too bad, all other sister's in the world don'e do that. I think you hit Q right on the nail. It looks exctly like a Q to me. The R is unique as well. Take care my friend and have a wonderdful Wednesday. May GOD Bless you and yours.
    Love,
    Karen H.

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  33. That was so nice!!! I've never had a sister, and my Mama says there is nothing like it... I'll just have to take everyone's word for it.

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  34. Love the old picture!

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  35. What a wonderful tradition you and your sister have established. I raise a glass to both of you. :)

    Your alphabet is coming along nicely. Good job there.

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  36. What a beautiful tradition you have with your sister. :)

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  37. What a cool idea.

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  38. My dad and his sisters have a vacation together every year. Just them. No kids or spouses. They started doing that about a decade ago and I think it is such a wonderful idea.

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  39. Happy sisterhood day to you and what a great idea. I have 4 brothers, no sisters, wonder if they would enjoy that...um...okay maybe my sister-in-laws! :)

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  40. What a lovely story, I just love to read about family's., that is a very clever way of keeping in touch.

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  41. That is the most lovely story about sisterhood that I have read in a lng time! I just love that you have been doing this for so many years. What love and friendship!!
    Happy WW!

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  42. The story of you and your sister brought tears to my eye. Thank you for sharing it!

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  43. Beautiful story and tradition. What a fun celebration.

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  44. Great photo and post of you and your sister.

    Very creative letters!

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  45. that was a really great story. i have a younger sister.

    thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  46. I love your sister celebration idea! And I love your new blog look! :o)

    I've been having some computer problems and still am, so it's curtailed my blogging and surfing quite a bit. Gotta send off my wireless router and wait on a replacement to come in the mail, and I think my desktop computer cocked its toes up. I'll try some first aid and see if it can be resuscitated, but I've got my doubts. I'll probably have to play taps over it this time.

    Hope you have a great rest of your week, and Happy Spring, Anni! ;o)

    Love and hugs,

    Diane

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  47. That is so sweet. I'm all teared up. I hope my babies will share such a bond someday.

    You are always so clever in finding those letters.

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  48. What a neat idea! That is cool that you do that with your sister and you continue it. Hope you enjoyed your special day!

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