Wednesday, August 30, 2006
My Little Sister
I grew up the eldest of three sisters all about 6 years apart. Although both are special to me I had spent more time growing up with Kathy. We even had to share a room together when the youngest was born. Here are 13 memories that I often remember to bring a smile when I need it the most. Who knows, maybe they'll make you smile too!

1. The Metal Colander or as Mom only called it, "The Spaghetti Strainer." We didn't have a dishwasher growing up - I was the dishwasher and while Kathy was still at the table being forced to finish up her nasty supper I would put this thing on my head and act like an Alien from Outer Space to get her to smile and laugh.

2. We had some sort of twisted obsession with words that ended with the suffix "age". For example; Luggage, Baggage, Village and Roughage.

3. Blue Birdie. This one may go over everyone's head but kids have a way of seeing things from their own perspectives. Around the age of two Kathy would bounce in her car seat with joy when ever we drove by a Water Tower, in particular a bright blue one in Williamstown, NJ. I think she thought it was a mutant ostrich type of monster bird with its head in the sand. I haven't a clue - but forever on out every water tower was called a Blue Birdie.

4. Kathy never ever tattle-taled on me, not even once. How cool was that? I could trust her and still can trust her with anything under the sun.

5. Chest! Another one that may go over some heads and another 2 year old perspective. There was something about seeing a fire hydrant that made Kathy shout "Chest!" We weren't allowed nor told to use other euphanisms for "Breasteses" - all we knew was that Boobs had to be called Chests. I suspect something about Fire hydrants reminded her of nipples. Oh well, what can I say - she was born twisted and I love it!

6. If anything could have sucked worse than having your Mother chaperon a Jr. High School dance - it would be having your Mother bring your little sister with her!! However this wasn't the case at my 7th grade Halloween dance. While I hung out like a wallflower with my girlfriends, Kathy was mingling around and getting to know everyone, including the hottest guys in school!!! Guys who didn't even know I existed until that wonderful night. The following Monday morning in school I had new friends and a boyfriend who thought my little sister was the coolest kid ever.

7. Did you ever know someone who had a face shaped in the shape of an octagon? We do! But I can't elaborate anymore because this person is in the family and may be reading my blog.

8. The McDoodles! These were our elderly next-door neighbors. Mr. McDude would always sit outside and chill with his afternoon stogie. Mrs. McDude would run around all day - even to go shopping in her nightgown and curlers. But... after 10pm every night she'd let her hair down and they'd run around their house naked. Kathy and I knew because we spied them out from our darkened bedroom window.

9. Exploding Hoptoads. This certainly wasn't Kathy's favorite of moments but I giggle a bit whenever I think of it. She loves animals and should have been a Vet of all things. Even Hop Toads that gave us warts were beloved pets and friends of the wild outdoors. Until she saw one of my boyfriends having a ball sticking firecrackers in them and blowing them up. She was so tormented over the fate of those poor little froggies.

10. She did like all of my other boyfriends, especially if they brought some M&M's and a nip of Southern Comfort with them. (Inside Joke)

11. If there is anything worse than selling Girl Scout Cookies it is not being able to have any or to afford your own box. We got creative one year and carefully opened a box of Thin Mints to take out one roll of cookies and replaced them with an open roll of Dad's Ritz Crackers. We glued the box shut so you couldn't even tell and sold it to some people who lived way across town. Geez, thinking back now - they must had been some pissed off people. Glad we didn't get busted!

12. On boring nights Kathy would read from my "little black book" of phone numbers to get my reaction on if I would ever date again or like any certain guy that she called out. Each and every time she read out, "Eddie Nelson" I'd respond with a big screaming double "Eeeeeeeewww Never!!!" Can you believe I ended up marrying the guy?! I can't.

13. Last but not least I remember all the times we used to go back in the quarry pits and sand dunes to go sledding in the snow. We had lots of fun until I tried sledding down suicide hill and busted the back of my head against a rock. She was so worried about me and I was seeing green and nauseated. She cried. She cared. She helped me home.

Have a Great Thursday Everyone!
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 8:56 PM  
  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said…

    Great list! It is very wonderful for someone to have recalled such great memories as yours.
    My TT13 is up too.

  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    OMG I am working on getting you linked, I swear!

  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    hahahah that thing about the GS Cookies? Had me cracking up!! It's fun to think about goofy stuff like that!

    Thanks for popping by ye olde snarkypants! :) (I read you just about every day, girlygirl)

  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger MysteriousLady said…

    LOL! you have an interesting life too! We need to get together!

  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger Tug said…

    LOVE the glad you're close...

    Mine is up!

  • At 11:42 PM, Blogger SunshineBlues said…

    Seems from what I read here you haven't changed too much! Very cute and too funny! I played early. So mine is up. Happy Thursday!

  • At 12:36 AM, Blogger Kimmy said…

    Great list! You are blessed with wonderful memories of your childhood... and your sisters.
    I have two sisters, but I didn't live with them. I lived with my mom and visited them every other weekend. I love them dearly... and wish we had more time together making memories!
    Happy T13! My list's up!

  • At 12:54 AM, Blogger Deepak Gopi said…

    It immediately brought about the memories of my younger brother.

  • At 2:52 AM, Blogger bernie said…

    I have mine up at TT - 13 Viruses Thursday

  • At 4:39 AM, Blogger MommyBa said…

    I love reading entries that take you down memory lane :) It's always nice to look back at beautiful memories :)

    Happy Thursday!

  • At 5:28 AM, Blogger Ergotelina said…

    rare for the sisters to love each other....


  • At 6:13 AM, Blogger Beacho said…

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  • At 6:16 AM, Blogger Karlos said…

    I like the water tower/bluebird menu. Kids can be so abstract! And a sister that didn’t narc!? Amazing. You truly are blessed ;-)

    My daughter used some great words when she was tiny. McDonalds was Beemonalds, ketchup was chackup, etc. I need to write them all down someday before I get senile!

    Nice post Margie!

  • At 8:21 AM, Blogger TC said…

    I love this TT!! Great list!

    btw, I have always wanted one of those metal colanders!

  • At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Jenny Ryan said…

    2. We had some sort of twisted obsession with words that ended with the suffix "age".

    Me too! Sounds like you guys had a great time together!

  • At 9:12 AM, Blogger Shannon said…

    Great T13. I am the oldest sister of 3 girls too, but we're 16 months apart.

    Happy Blog Day 2006 (!

  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said…

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  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said…

    It's not rare for sisters to love each other. I've seen it among my Greek family and among my Canadian and American friends....

    Interesting read!

    -- FreeCyprus
    Hellenic Reporter

  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Trish said…

    Awesome list!! :) I have siblings that are much older than me, so we never hung out. I kinda wish we could have.

    Happy TT!
    Mine are up.

  • At 11:27 AM, Blogger Tits McGee said…

    Those sound like the best neighbors ever.

  • At 11:53 AM, Anonymous robin said…

    Awesome neighbors... LOL

    I'm finally up...

  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous wrigley said…

    wow your sister isn't a tattle tale! that's rare! coz we women cant help but be so sometimes.

    i laughed at the little black book boring nights. haha! eeeewww!!! never!!!

    my list is up!

  • At 12:28 PM, Blogger Mama Duck said…

    So cute! Hope you are having a wonderful day - our TT is up and we're also hosting the Carnival of the Vanities this week if you haven't visited it already ;).

  • At 12:30 PM, Anonymous nancy said…

    What a nice trip down memory lane. I also did one for my sister this week.

    Happy 13!

  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Christina said…

    Great list! She sounds like an amazing sister!

  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger Barbara said…

    Sounds like a great sister relationship. I always wanted a sister.

    My Thursday 13 is up.

  • At 3:13 PM, Anonymous LaDonna said…

    I can believe you married him! I thought my guy was a total dweeb when I first met him. Glad you and your sister are close.

    Happy TT!

  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger Vicky said…

    What a great idea for a list! I may well steal it for a future T13, if you don't mind!!
    Very enjoyable to read ... apart from the sad paragraph about the HopToads!!

  • At 8:43 PM, Blogger Julie said…

    LMAO at #8! Gotta love naked old people :)

  • At 9:29 PM, Blogger Jo said…

    That was really cute! I have two older sisters and we have some great memories! I wish I hadn't read the part about the exploding toads though. That's sick.

  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger DK said…

    Love your list! Makes me wish I had sisters.

  • At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    I wish I had a good memory. Great list. my list is up

  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Wolfbernz said…

    What Great memories!
    It made me think about all the good times with my sister Elizabeth.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    All the best

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