Squabbles between siblings seem to be a common thread
in every family I know, no matter how well bred.
Pillow fights might escalate into something more—
slapping and hair-pulling and rolling on the floor.
Age nourishes the problem with petty jealousy.
Nothing like a boy to end a sister’s loyalty!
Squabbles over borrowed clothes—a stain or a ripped hem,
hormones, insecurities and problems strictly femme.
Cruel labels given: “sloppy, slutty, fat,”
exacerbate the problem by giving tit for tat.
All the sisters of our friends seem to be so swell.
Why is it that we had to draw the sister straight from Hell?
At what point does the shift occur? When do the battles end?
What turns a sparring sister into a girl’s best friend?
Nieces and nephews help by turning sisters into aunties.
Bonding over choosing pretty dresses, frilly panties.
What is it in a baby that tends to heal old wrongs?
Memories of stories from our past? Those re-remembered songs?
Old squabbles once forgotten make way for fonder thought—
giving thanks at last for the sisters that we’ve got.
Prompts for today are sibling, label, nourish and exacerbate.
This is a new variety of hibiscus for me. Viewed in the Lake Chapala Society garden.
For Cee’s FOTD
This is the request I sent out into the universe yesterday:
I should know what this is but can’t remember. If someone refreshes my memory, I’ll post the name.
And although Pat, Angloswiss, Ghostmmnc, Derrick and Slmret came to my aid (Thanks, all,) Bob at Love Will Bring Us Together seems to be the most thorough and persuasive in his identification, agreeing with Pat, Angloswiss and Slmret, and Derrick agrees with him. Here is his solution to the flower mystery:
It’s definitely a member of the Lamiales Order of plants that includes all 3 you are deciding between, but Pat is right – it’s a member of the genus Physostegia probably P virginiana – False Dragonhead.
Foxgloves belong to genus Digitalis and they generally have their flowers on one ‘side’ of the stem. The flowers seem to have more of a wide open ‘mouth’ than the dragonheads.
The Physostegia flowers are evenly spread about the stem at 4 right angles to one another in cross-section.
What’s more, (I’m so proud,) I seem to have driven Bob to declaring himself the Robin Hood of plant identification. He went on to say:If you wish to avail yourself, i now have my ‘service’ up on my blog: 🙂
So let’s keep him busy and out of trouble. He’s taken care of
all of my identification woes for the past year and so now extends his generous offer out to the blogging world in general. Once again, thanks, Bob.
And, again, thanks to all of you who helped to solve the mystery.
For Cee’s FOTD.
Karen at Momshieb published a photo of this wonderful cookbook she found in a second hand shop that was made up of a number of pamphlets bound together. It reminded me of this artwork made in Bali out of rolled magazine pages that I saw in a gallery on Prince Edward Island. Wanted to share it with her and the easiest way was to share it with everyone on my blog. After viewing the photos below, click on the red hyperlink above to see her cookbook.
I had so much fun looking back through old photos of my dad. Thought I’d share them with you. My two nieces are visiting my sister in Phoenix right now so thought they’d get a kick out of seeing these photos of their grandad and grandad-in-law as well. Click on any photo to enlarge it. Clicking on them also provides explanations for some of the photos. My dad died at the age of 70 in 1974.
My sisters and dad and I.
This is my dad and I in front of a cabin in Yellowstone Park.
I can’t remember which of us installed this coonskin cap on my dad’s head, but in his usual fashion, nothing disturbed his concentration when reading.
1973. That’s me in the black Afro. There’s a story involved.
I gave my dad this exotic hairdo while he was sleeping, then left the room. Before I could get back, he awakened, put on his hat and went to Mack’s Cafe to meet his cronies for coffee. When he got there, he took off his hat and gave everyone a big surprise! Most of all himself.