Wednesday, July 11, 2007

On Monday, sister Laura and son Gus and I took a little day trip down to Baltimore to see Laura's new apartment. Here is the lovely house where she will reside, in a quiet tree-lined neighborhood.

While Gus lolled on the air mattress watching cartoons, Laura hung the curtains:

(don't you love them? They were like, a penny, at IKEA!!)

I washed all of Laura's dishes (I LOVE washing dishes!!!)

Then we went to lunch at this mighty place (where I would go every night for a beer, if circumstances would allow...):

Gus had his favorite, fried calamari:

Laura and I had gorgeous crabcake sandwiches (when in Rome....):

We saw this:

Is this true? I like the civic spirit!

It was a fun day, and I was glad I got to see the Apartment of Denial, which I can no longer deny. But here's the truth: I've been lying to myself. Whenever anyone asked me if I was sad about my sister Laura moving, I'd say, "No, I'm really excited for her. And we've spent plenty of time apart before and it's been fine, so I'm not sad."

But now the day is here, and she really is moving away. And I am sad. I'm sadder than sad. It's absolutely true that I'm thrilled for her and this exciting new chapter in her life. And it's true that we've spent plenty of time apart in the past, and it has been fine.

But she's been right here since Gus was born. She's been there to babysit the baby/toddler/boy, to play Mah Jong with, to tread water in the pool with and discuss the lifeguards with, to have cocktails on the porch with, to gossip with, to attend Little League games with, to go shopping with, to eat wings with, to have a thousand hilarious driving expeditions with, to stop by and have little chats with, to cry about every ding-dang thing with, and to laugh so hard that we almost wet our pants with.

The past year has been an object lesson for me in appreciating how fleeting life is and what great gifts I've been given and how important it is to appreciate what I have and not mourn (too hard) about what I don't. And I'm trying. But I'm really really going to miss Laura.


Blogger Liz K. said...

These posts about Laura are so touching. How lucky the both of you are.

8:33 AM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Ok, I just hooked up my computer and now I'm TOTALLY CRYING!!!! All the stuff we do together is what I'm going to miss most. We ARE so lucky to have each other. We'll figure out a way to deal. I LOVE YOU!!!!!

1:43 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Liz - thank you - I am truly lucky. I was blessed with the two coolest sisters around.

CG - Oops! Made you cry!! ME TOO!!! XXOO!

1:53 PM  

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