Julie Lyles Carr: Cinco Sisters

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cinco Sisters

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.

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.

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.

(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...)

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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