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Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)
TITLE: My Sisters' Mommy
By Melissa Row
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Babysitting started by the time I was nine. Baby cousin was the trial run which led to adding neighbors. After moving back to Kansas a divorce dissolved another marriage. Mom was working two jobs and sleeping through depression. I was walking sisters to school and teaching them a lesson.
Not everything was sad as I had at least one good friend. They learned my sisters were important to me. I don’t remember problems as we all found things to do. My sisters tagged along or were with friends too.
Between housework, sisters, homework and such, I became quite efficient at getting things done. I may procrastinate but following through was important. One thing my struggles taught me was responsibility, creativity, coordination, organization and much more. I learned early the consequence and values of chores.
Not to mention all of the games we used to make up! My best memories were of playing house, school, baby dolls, etc. Riding bikes were the best adventures and we would be out all day. Picnics at the park was fun I must say!
I would watch my mother at a young age. Wondering how she got there and why did God not intervene. There were times of melancholy for a mother never there. I would watch her sleeping and wonder why she didn’t care.
There were many times I was selfish wanting to go out with friends. All my school trips missed out of love for my family. No one ever knew though as I kept it inside. What good would it do, I secretly wished I could go but…lied.
Through the years I never regret having my sisters and caring so. God gave me gracious, loving, compassion and strength. He had a plan for me long before I knew. Each and every year I missed…I spiritually grew.
Late at night when memories begin to invade. My days are so empty with both of them gone. I feel so empty, alone and misplaced. My sisters I raised now they have their own home. I think of the mommies they have turned out to be. Smiling through the tears…I’m an Auntie!!!
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