Sisters, Sisters / Hermanas, Hermanas

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THE PICTURE ABOVE, of me with my high school sweetheart, was taken at a Coney Island Boardwalk photo both in 1969. We had been friends since 1964, when we were in the fifth grade and the new co-op apartments had opened. My family moved in from Long Island, while she, her parents, and her older sister moved from the Lower East Side.

After high school, we lost touch and didn’t see each other again for another 44 years (until she came to the hospital to see My Mother the Dowager Duchess in 2015). I bumped into her sister once in 1979 when I had an apartment in Brooklyn before I moved to Boston. Her sister was like a sister to me, as well, and she knew and loved my sister, Dale, which made her even more special to me. So, after one hospital visit and one funeral call, and three children and a grandchild over the last 48 years, we finally got together. And despite all the years that have passed and all the changes in our lives (and hair), we sat for six hours on the patio of Opera, a restaurant in Sheepshead Bay, feeling as if no time had passed at all. The food was delicious, the desserts were sweet, but nothing could be as sweet as a day with these two sisters.

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LA FOTO DE arriba, de mí con mi novia de la secundaria, fue tomada en un fotomatón de Coney Island Boardwalk (Paseo de Coney Island) en 1969. Habíamos sido amigos desde 1964, cuando estábamos en quinto grado y la nueva cooperativa de apartamentos se abrió. Mi familia se mudó de Long Island, mientras que ella, sus padres y su hermana mayor se mudaron del Lower East Side.

Después de la secundaria, perdimos contacto y no nos volvimos a ver por otros 44 años (hasta que ella vino al hospital a ver a Mi Madre La Duquesa Viuda en 2015). Me encontré con su hermana una vez en 1979 cuando yo tenía un apartamento en Brooklyn antes de mudarme a Boston. La hermana también era como una hermana para mí, y ella conocía y amaba a mi hermana, Dale, lo que la hacía aún más especial para mí.

Entonces, después de una visita al hospital y una llamada al funeral, y tres hijos y un nieto en los últimos 48 años, finalmente nos reunimos. Y a pesar de todos los años que han pasado y todos los cambios en nuestras vidas (y cabello), nos sentamos durante seis horas en el patio de Opera, un restaurante en Sheepshead Bay, sintiendo que no había pasado el tiempo. La comida era deliciosa, los postres eran dulces, pero nada podría ser tan dulce como un día con estas dos hermanas.

1969. With Dale just barely making it into the photo. Note the small square painting on an easel to right of black vase and then see below.
1969. Con Dale apenas llegando a la foto. Observe la pequeña pintura cuadrada en un caballete a la derecha del florero negro y luego vea a continuación.

The Dowager Duchess used to do miniature reproductions, her own interpretations, in oil on wood paneling remnants. I still have the one from above.
But, wait, there’s more!

La Duquesa Viuda solía hacer reproducciones en miniatura en óleo sobre restos de paneles de madera. Todavía tengo el de arriba.
¡Pero espera hay mas!

The original by Monet, 1881. Spotted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Wednesday.

El original de Monet, 1881. Visto en el Museo Metropolitano de Arte el miércoles pasado.

Playing Twister, Halloween 1969. And, yes, as a matter of fact, I AM wearing a Nehru shirt and big medallion!
Jugando a Twister, Halloween 1969. Y sí, de hecho, ¡llevo puesta una camisa Nehru y un gran medallón!

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There were never such devoted sisters.
Nunca hubo hermanas tan devotas.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “Sisters, Sisters / Hermanas, Hermanas”

  1. What a lovely photo of you and the two sisters today . . . and OMG, her pants in that next photo! My eyes are bleeding! The late 60s was a unique time for fashion!

    1. Debra,
      I can remember her flowered jeans. We we were so cool! Sadly, my sister borrowed that short sleeved knit shirt I was wearing and put bumps in it.

    1. Anne Marie,
      I have had some experiences this summer that renew my faith in people. This reunion filled me with love … and positivity. And we were SO cool. I went hippie over the next year.

  2. Oh how some childhood bonds stick, eh? That was an exciting time to grow up…..and the fashions!!
    Happy for all three of you to have spent some time together.

    1. Jim,
      I’ve never experienced a reunion like this. What a gift. And we were so cool. I wish I still had photos of “bug sister” from that time. She was so cool and so stylish. Like Serena from Bewitched… with class.

    1. Judy,
      It’s sometimes nice to reconnect with old friends but this was better than anything I could have imagined. They were kind and loving and fun when I was young… and they still are.

    1. Adam,
      There was a photo of me bobbing for apples with an apple and the chain between my teeth! I don’t know what happened to that photo.

    1. Parsnip,
      I’ve had so many recent experiences that remind me how many kind people there are in the world. This day was amazing.

    1. Kirk,
      I was reminded that day… and told them… I never ever remember them being unkind. Truly wonderful children and adults.

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