We’ve been spending the last two days with my wonderful sister and her husband. They’re both 5 years younger than us and their youthful spirit is much like the first couple in the above cartoon. I am represented by the one in yellow, although she’s in a lot better shape than me. The guy in the chair is my congenial husband.
I’ve been experiencing hearing loss for a couple years now and this disability has led to some interesting conversations within my family. My husband has a creative mind, which moves from one subject to another quickly, so I have a hard time keeping up with him. Add to that, trying to decipher the words and make sense of them, has added a whole new dimension to how we communicate.
As we age, all sorts of different things happen to us. We don’t move as quickly. We lose our flexibility. We sag, we droop, we weary faster. Our memories turn to the way long ago, but we can’t remember why we’re moving on a quest for who knows what, to another room.
Here we are in Nashville, TN, sharing some great time with my sister and her husband. We’ve re-named by brother-in-law, for all the amenities he’s providing during our stay. As he tends his garden, we call him Juan. When he chauffeurs us on various tours, we call him Jeeves. I’m certain we’ll come up with a name for all the bussing of tables he’s doing. I wonder if any of that is politically correct. Bruce has a wonderful business mind interspersed with a great sense of humor.
My sister remains vivacious and a constant source of laughter. These are things I most admire in her. Add to that, her beauty, poise and graciousness, she has become a real Southern belle over the years.
As I reflect on all the years that have passed between us, I can see similarities between us. We’ve each had our struggles with raising children, challenges in careers and always a resolute spirit which keeps us connected. Knit all of that together with God being at the head of our homes, is a perfect recipe for living. I thank Him for making this reunion possible.