Friday, April 2, 2004


Our parents instilled in us early that we were to take care of one another. We have always done that and it continues today.

We have established what I refer to as "The Sister's Emergency Network."

It goes like this...

 I call Barbara and say that I had a terrible cold and feel awful or that I am having a difficult week and I am feeling down. Who ever I call, listens and encourages and tells me to call later to say how things are going.

Later that day the phone rings and it is Betty Jean calling to check up on me. She said that Barbara had called her and told her that I wasn't feeling well. It goes around like this all of the time...calling a sister to tell her to call another sister who needs care or just wants to share a joy or a pain.

This is what we do for one another. We lift each other up and stay connected.

It doesn't have to be bad news...Good news travels the same way.

Sometimes, we get on a three way call and will talk, talk talk!

When Barbara and Betty Jean were visiting Peggy a few weeks ago, I felt like I was there because they kept in touch by phone. One call was from Green Valley Drug Store where they were having a BLT sandwich together for lunch. I felt that I was at the table with them. I talked to BettyJean, Barbara and Peggy during their lunch.

This network wouldn't have happened if it weren't for our Mother's insistence that we care for one another. She taught us that we didn't have to Like one another but that we did have to Love one another. Now, we all live in different parts of the country and many miles apart but stay close through The Sister's Emergency Network and Our once a year Sister's Trip.

Don't get me wrong....(smile) we still have our "gettin sideways times." It wouldn't be normal if we didn't because we are all so different. We were taught that being different wasn't a bad thing but to forget that Blood is Thicker than Water was a really bad thing!

Peggy can no longer participate in the net work and reach out to us but we all reach out to her in our own way's. We all stand strong beside her and lift her up because we love her and more important....


My sister is my strength. She hears the whispered prayers that I cannot speak. She helps me find my smile, Freely giving hers away. She catches my tears in her gentle hands.....    Lisa Lorden

A Sister is Both your Mirror--- and Your Opposite......        Elizabeth Fishel

I Love You Today... Betty Jean, Barbara and Peggy!

Mary Louise


sonensmilinmon said...

I have tried hard to teach my three children that they have each other and should always have each other ... they are family and the longest lifetime relationship they will ever have will be with each other. So far so good ... they are always there for each other. I'm glad you have your sisters too.

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wildflower121764 said...

What beautiful women and sisters who stay connected. This is what makes life worth living. :)

beppeinpcola said...

I have sisters....these are 3 words that mean the world to me and are words tat I repeat often! I always thought that all sisters loved each other like we do, but have found that's not ture. Ho blessed we were to have parents like ours and a Mother who left us an inheritance of "love for each other". We love our brother too..he just does not want to be "one of the girls".Love you today and always ML, BAR, PJ. Betty Jean

barbpinion said...

I've always taught my children the value of staying connected, taught them that they are to be each other's best friends. You are an inspiration. (((YOU))) from Barb

ckays1967 said...

I wish I had a sister.