Big-Sisterhood

• Sunday, June 27, 2010

I have a student who always asks me as only a 6-year old would: Are you a big sister? She asks me that in a tone that clearly tells me that big-sisterhood to her connotes a position of great privilege and pride. When I answer her that I am in fact a big sister, she smiles at me in a way that says "Ah! Then you know my joy!"

Two Girls at the Piano (1892)
Pierre-Auguste Renior

The Sisters (1885)
Mary Cassatt
I admit I never thought much about being a big sister at her age. I never went around asking people if they were a big sister as if it was a wondrous thing to be; but that is what I have been nearly all my life. Less than a year younger than me, my sister and I get to be twins for a month every year! She was my first friend, the first person I fought with, the first person I laughed with (along with many other firsts in life). I love her for all her grump, her naiveté, and her discipline.  I know that my life has been fuller for being the big sister to my little sister. I love you Judy.  Happy Birthday!

This is when it all started!
Judy's 1st Birthday!  I think I cared more about the cake.
She was an awkward little thing, wasn't she?  I didn't know what to do with her.
We were each other's first playmates!
We shared many good times together!

How can you not love this face?!


2 comments:

  1. This is the best tribute your sister can get as a birthday present. Happy birthday Judy!
    What a coincidence: I received my music score yesterday in the mail and the cover is the Renoir's painting. And I am also a big sister myself....

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  2. Alice, this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being my big sister. I love you!!

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