Julie Lyles Carr: Cinco Sisters

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cinco Sisters

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This one headed to California yesterday, to see Da Boy.

Oops. I'm sorry, Nick. I meant 'The Man'.

We agreed to change his handle to something more, ah, manly.



1 of 8 was all aflutter to go, having wrapped up finals at the Big University the day before.

She can now declare herself a college junior.

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She's sixteen and a half years older than the twins. It's one of those things I didn't think much about as our age spread amongst the kids continues to grow as did our family size.

But I think about it a lot more now.

The younger kids will have a different sibling experience. 1 of 8 will be heading for a year of study in France at the end of the summer. 2 of 8 is heading to New York City in July to study with Joffrey Ballet. 2, 3, and 4 of 8 will be away at church camp for a while in the early summer.

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And I'll be having flashbacks to 1998 when I was home alone with 1, 2, 3 and 4, all under the age of nine.

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(By the way, 4 and 6 of 8 do in fact have stage makeup on as we were at a dance dress rehearsal when I shot these pics. I don't normally put the six-year-old in eyeliner to run to the grocery store for milk...)

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The younger kids have experienced their big sisters as secondary mamas, really. They interact with them differently than with their closer-in-age siblings. And while I used to worry that they might not have a deep sibling bond because of the distance in their ages, I see now that they are attached in a way outside of age group and similar interests. The younger girls see the older ones as safe havens, soft laps, boo-boo kissers, and comfort.

It's a different kind of sister relationship, given the age range.

And it makes this mama smile.





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