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Topic: WEEKEND AWAY (short vacation) (07/23/15)
TITLE: Sister Time
By Melinda Melton
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"Sister! I found your doll!" I yelled from the bedroom. Hearing her running down the hall toward the bedroom, I ran to the closet and waited. She came barreling through the door and stopped in front of me. Pointing to the closet trap door, I said sweetly, "It's down there, go get it."
She whined, "It's dark down there, I don't want to."
"Okay" I said, "It will have to stay down there" and I reached over to close the trap door.
"Wait!" she yelled. "I'll get it." She began crawling down into the dark hole that led under the house. She jumped down and SLAM! I dropped the door down. Screaming ensued and I ran outside and hid from my mother. I don't have to tell you how much trouble I was in that day. It wasn't too long after that, that my favorite black monkey with a yellow banana disappeared. I never found that monkey.
Many years later, as adults, I apologized many times for that moment. We can laugh about it now. We have been through a lot together, she and I. We were roommates in the college years and bridesmaids at each other's weddings. We took snow ski trip vacations together and were there for each other when our children were born. Most recently we were together for the birth of her grandchildren and the two of us helped her daughter through labor and delivery. Those are all precious memories.
When the walls start closing in and the daily life stressors are reaching its limit, it's natural for us to need some sistertime. So we planned a short weekend trip to the big City. It is the first time in a long time it's just been the two of us without our big clan. The three hour road trip seemed short as we talked and laughed the whole way.
We strolled many miles around the riverwalk and downtown. Surrounding us were many levels of shops, restaurants, waterfalls and people from all walks of life. It was a very diverse and energetic atmosphere.
We dodged the little kids as they ran ahead of their parents. We passed by a young couple sitting under a tree; he played his guitar as she looked at him with a smile. We watched as other tourists snapped their photos and recorded their videos. We heard many different languages and accents; Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Australian and Middle Eastern. The sound was like a well tuned orchestra. One of my favorite scenes was an elderly taxi driver, as he sat with the driver's door open and played his violin. The sweet music lifted in the air and floated away as I walked past.
The weekend getaway is another one for the memory books. The good food, laughter and conversations only sisters can have is good for the soul.
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