Friday, February 5, 2010
The Sisters Three
I especially love the swears.
In my life, when you mixed this all together, it only meant one thing. Court was in session.
The Sisters Three were together.
Eavesdropping is an art, in case you are unaware. It requires stealth, the ability to make one’s own self small and unnoticed. It is not hard to be small when you are four, it comes with the territory. Unnoticed is another thing entirely. Lucky for me, I had talent.
Judes is Number Two of The Sisters Three, sandwiched between Number One, who is, like me, a T and Mame who is Three.
As I recall these sisters were always up to something. I remember being part of quickly hatched plans and hare brained schemes on more than one occasion. Sometimes, those plans ended badly, hysterically usually, but badly.
“Do not tell your father that Number Three wrecked the car. Do not do it. I will tell him. Do you understand me?” Judes warned.
I offered an affirming nod.
And I didn’t tell, really, I didn’t, not until exactly 5:16 pm when my father’s car pulled into the driveway.
“Hi Daddy, Mame crashed the car, and you are getting a new razor for Christmas, but I did not tell.
Do you understand? Mama is telling, not me. ”
I knew better, swear, but, there was something about the excitement that was irresistible.
I am still surprised they let me live.
Cat eye shades, cashmere twin sets, wool hound's tooth swing jackets, leggings like Mary Tyler Moore and that ability to make a bologna and cheese sandwich on pedestrian white bread look like a gourmand's signature dish, (I think it was the way that she licked her lips after each bite) all of this, is what I think of when I think of T.
I remember a baby boy born on the fourth of July. The same Fourth of July that I stepped on the glowing wire of a sparkler dropped on the lawn. I remember that T was our best Christmas present when she came home. I know that if you were to ask Two or Three, they would tell you that T was Granny's favorite. They may be right.
I am not sure about that.
Also, I am not sure if The Sisters Three planned to have babies three, within the space of about three months, but that was exactly what happened. The result was two more girls named T, and we became The Cousins Three.
It was T, on what was the worst day of my life that looked right at me and said. "Forever is not always. Enough never is. You can make it through this space between, because you have to. There are three people counting on you".
She was right.
I am going home now, to say goodbye to T. The Sisters Three are now two. If I could, I would tell her, that forever isn't always, but sometimes enough is enough. I would tell her she should leave now if she needs to, and that we will always remember, the times that came before this space between.