We had a surprise visitor tonight; Caitlin came home for a visit. I love when the kids get together but especially enjoy when the girls get together. Caitlin and Corey were roommates for many years. I always manage to learn something new as the memories reveal stories and details I probably still shouldn’t be aware of. Corey almost couldn’t catch her breath because she was laughing with Caitlin.
The following sister quotes seem appropriate when thinking of the girls;
A younger sister is someone to use as a guinea-pig in trying sledges and experimental go-carts. Someone to send on messages to Mom. But someone who needs you – who comes to you with bumped heads, grazed knees, and tales of persecution. Someone who trusts you to defend her. Someone who thinks you know the answers to almost everything.
More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good.
She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.
Caitlin wore Corey out with all their laughing. Caitlin ran up to take a shower and it was time for bed for Corey. Corey and I have a routine when I transfer her from the wheelchair to her bed. I help her to stand upright, we give each other a big hug, we rock (as if we are slow dancing) and we shift her weight side to side to help her gain balance. After our dance, she pivots to the bed and I help her sit down. Tonight, Corey pulled me closer as if she wanted something. I gave her the dry erase board and she wrote “Hug”. She wanted to stand for another hug dance. When she heard Caitlin come down she pointed and wanted Caitlin to dance with her. I taught Caitlin how to position her body to help Corey stand. Corey smiled as she hugged her sister. Caitlin on the other hand was a bit disappointed…it appears that for the first time, Corey is taller than her big sister; she grew! What a surprise. Caitlin is officially the shortest of the siblings. Of course that made Corey’s smile even bigger. What a gift to watch the girls dance! How do people make it through life without a sister? xoxo