Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Toward the end of April on one of our trips to Memphis, my daughter and I made a connection in Detroit with the express purpose of reconnecting with my sister, Janice.  She is twelve years older than I and her health has been failing over the last ten years.  Although she had wanted to come for a long weekend visit with me here in Appleton, it became clear that such a trip wouldn't be something realistic.  Her husband is 80 now and though he is in remarkable health,  I believed it was too much for him, as well. 

This became our best opportunity so we planned our "reunion" to coordinate with one of my Memphis trips.
This was the first time I had seen her home and it was apparent how much care she truly needed.  She's confined to one of those electric scooters but is thankful for the mobility it gives her.  The pain she deals with on a day to day basis is monumental and without her wonderful husband,  her only alternative would be a nursing home.

The visit was incredible and we reminisced and shared stories and just had an exceptional time in each other's company.  This probably will be the last time I will see her but we do keep in contact about once a week in calls and letters.  We share our love of composing poetry and, of course, share a mom and dad, which forged a bond that really didn't exist much as children.  She left home at 18 when I was six.  Regardless, we are sisters and this visit was one I HAD to make.

by Patty Lynn

I took a trip just recently,
Quite overdue it was,
To see my sister far away.
The reason? Just because.

Yes, it had been so many years
Since we had seen each other.
In fact, as I recall it now,
The funeral of our mother.

How is it that the years fly by
And we keep getting older?
The summer's heat intolerable,
And winter's seem much colder?

The obvious answer's clear to me.
It takes no rocket science.
We'd like to cheat Ol' Father Time,
But find him non-compliant!

Both wrinkled "girls," no pretence here.
We are "mature" we'd say.
We know that we're the same inside
Though time has had it's way.

It's true, indeed, time marches on.
My sis and I agree.
But what a visit we both had,
The older "her" and "me!"

We're thankful that two sisters took...
The chance to reconnect.
For if we hadn't we'd both have...
A lifetime of regret.

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