Sisters

 ♯ Sisters, sisters,  there were never more devoted sisters ♯

(Courtesy of the Beverley Sisters)


My sister recently sent me this photo.  Our uncle had unearthed it from a collection he had been sent over a period of 60 plus years by various members of the family. I think he was having a sort out and had decided to send some of his old family photos to my sister.  We would have been around 3 and 2 years old here probably.

Looking at it prompted me to think about how different we are from each other. Although only 13 months apart in age we are not alike at all in terms of appearance, hair and eye colouring, demeanour, lifestyle, likes and dislikes etc.  However, we do share the same heritage. We grew up together and spent the first 17 years of our lives together.  We love each other to bits, but we are still very different people.

I am grateful to have her in my life.






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  1. Having a sort out. What a wonderful expression and photograph JayCee.

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    1. Everyone needs a good sort out from time to time Dave.

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  2. I have a similar photo of my sister and me. We were sitting on the arm of the sofa. I am 3 years older and like you and your sister we are totally different. She is short with blonde hair and blue eyes, I am tall with brown hair and eyes. (Both now grey haired) Our personalities are very different too. We are good friends and love each other. Thats a lovely photo

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    1. It is interesting I think, how siblings develop in such different ways even though we may have been brought up the same way.

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  3. I do see a resemblance, JayCee, maybe because you are in matching dresses. So cute! I was also close to my brother in age (18 mos.) but not in anything else, probably because he was a boy.

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    1. My grandmother made a lot of clothes for us when we were tots, always matching outfits.
      I was quite close to my little brother when we were young but he moved to be with our mum when she left so I haven't seen him for decades now.

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  4. That's a lovely photograph. We were just talking about this recently how our three children are so different from each other in looks and behaviour. We are all our own person I suppose. x

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    1. I am always fascinated by how we each develop such different personalities and react in such different ways to the same situations. All those synapses fizzing and sparking!

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  5. Lovely to be so close to your sister. There is 22 years between my sister and me - same parents but she was married before I was born.

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    1. That is quite a gap so I would imagine your relationship with your sister would be so different to mine. We had to share everything for most of our childhood, even sleeping in the same bed.

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  6. My sister is one of my best friends too. She is six years younger than I am.

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    1. My cousin, who is a year older than me always said that she wanted a sister so could she borrow mine!

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  7. But you did wear the same frocks!

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  8. Girls in matching frock must have been a fashion! Mum made our clothes. I and my sister 6 years younger than me were dressed in matching Sunday best (I distinctly recall one very bright pink outfit in the early 70's and hate wearing pink to this day). Great to have these photos come back to you from time to time.

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    1. I am sure your pink outfit was very fetching. Probably best on very young girls though.

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  9. Interesting that your family split up. I don't recall you mentioning a brother before. Do you know where he is? Were you brought up without your mother?

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    1. Rachel, I was a teenager when Mum left, my brother was 11. We stayed at home with Dad. My brother left home as soon as he was old enough and now lives near our mother. He has ignored all my attempts to contact him so I have come to accept that he does not want to know.

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  10. It must be lovely to have a sister and so close in age too. As an only child I miss having siblings particularly as I am widowed now too.

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    1. Although we argued a lot as kids, we are very close now as adults. It is a shame that we live too far apart to see each other very often - even without the COVID restrictions.

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  11. I also ponder on that question. How can can children brought up in the same place by the same people be so different.
    I have two girls who fought like cats and dogs all through teenage years but are thankfully good friends now . Very different personalities.

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    1. We are polar opposites but I suppose the family connection creates a bond.

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  12. My sister and I are 3 years apart and I am the older sister so I always looked out for her. We shared a room and are still close, living in the same city. I have 2 brothers that live here too. We are lucky to have all of us close by.

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    1. Yes, it would be good to be able to see each other more often.

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  13. It's very comforting to be close to a sibling. My brother and I are very close now and have been for years. There was 5 years difference between us though and we were not close as children.

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    1. Yes, it was good to have the comfort of a close sibling when we lost our dad. Shared memories and experiences are something to be treasured.

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  14. That’s a great picture and I know you’re thrilled to have it. My older brother, my only sibling, died in 2017 and it affected me deeply. We were not particularly close for a number of reasons and I think I grieved that as much as his passing. I still do.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that Bob. I do regret very much that my brother and I have lost that relationship we had as children so I can understand your loss a little.

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  15. It's funny how genetics work. At that age you looked so different from your sister. I never realised that you also have a brother. Where does he live and which sister did/does he look like? Couldn't you stretch out a metaphorical hand of connection once more? Time changes things.

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    1. Believe me YP, I have tried many times but he stubbornly refuses to acknowledge any attempts to make contact.
      He did resemble me a little before he hit puberty but from the last photos I saw of him he now seems to resemble one of my mother's "friends" from the 1960s.

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  16. So sweet that you get to see this lovely pic after so many years. And you have not changed in all these years, still cute as a button!
    Hugs, Mary x.
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    1. Aww.. thanks Mary. You are too kind xxx

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  17. Such a lovely photo of you both! Yes, you are very different in looks but undoubtedly sisters. My eldest brother and I are 13 months apart,too but we only met each other when I was 59 and he was 60...
    xxx
    xxx

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