I come from a very small family so I’ve always envied friends who have a big extended circle of brothers, sisters, aunties, crazy uncles and cousins, lots and lots of cousins. The idea of a family reunion so big that you actually have tee shirts made and you get to circle the wagons at the lake or the family compound in the woods and tell stories, and play games, and eat and drink and laugh and eat and talk, talk, talk sounds like a really big juicy slice of Heaven to me. For me, this year’s reunion arrived in the form of my one beautiful sister who came all the way from Saipan and stayed with us for three weeks. We’re a small but mighty family of two and our bond is tight. We don’t have the tee shirts. (That’s a great idea for next time.) But, just like the Big Ole Family Reunions I’ve dreamed about – here’s how our own little get-togethers go: We eat (a lot because we try out every new place since her last visit). We laugh. We drink tea (twice daily trips to my Starbucks where now everybody knows her name too). And, mostly, we talk, talk, talk and then talk some more. Hubs, keeps asking “What is there possibly left for you two to talk about?” Answer – A LOT! Every now and then, we widen the circle and let the Old Guy join us, or a friend or two, and the kids of course, but mostly these reunions are “all about us” and they’re pretty close to perfect.
We’re very different, my sister and I. The paths we chose. The places we’ve been. The way we see the world. She lives on the other side of the globe and I’m just starting to dream about being a world traveler. My sister has a heart as big as Saipan, where she currently lives. I’m the cranky one with the cockeyed sense of humor. But, when we’re together, all that slips away and we’re the “Devitt Sisters” again. We’re each others sounding board, cheerleader, mirror and spark of inspiration. There’s a nourishment that comes every time – we’re the only ones who remember when (well, mostly I’ve forgotten and she reminds me) and we both know where the skeletons are buried – but nobody’s telling.
So here’s to families in whatever form they come and to reunions large and small, but mostly here’s to the bond that some sisters are so fortunate to have created and here’s to my own special sister. I’m so glad we had this time together.
Same time next year? Maybe we’ll even get Devitt Sister tee shirts made.