Friday, June 1, 2007

My Little Min

Yes, the one with the puffy sleeves and chubby cheeks is me...and on my lap is "Min", the baby sis. We are separated by 11 years and 5 siblings, but have always been the best of friends...probably because we never lived together very long! By the time Min was 7, I was off to college. I was married when she was just turning 9. So, with the exception of one glorious year in the same bedroom (don't get me started on her bedtime habits!), most of our bonding has been during our "sleepovers."


When I was a poor newlywed, Min would come for a long weekend. Brad and I would let her pick out her favorite movie ("Big Business" anyone?!) and feed her junk food. When I was a new teacher, Min would come help me set up my classroom every summer. At this point, she was a smart alecky teenager and would go through my pantry making fun of my food. She also mocked my grocery store and the Strawberry Days festival in my new hometown. Her favorite phrase when we'd go clothes shopping: "That's really cute...for you." (Translation: "I would only buy that if I were old, fat and poor...like you.") Min was a know-it-all, but I loved her anyway. She could make me laugh so hard I needed Depends.


Then I moved cross-country and the kids came along. Min was desperately needed! She came for a week every summer. My kids loved her energy and I loved her company during those intense toddler years. One summer, when my oldest two were both in particularly horrible developmental stages, I cried until Brad changed her ticket so she could stay another eight days! Another summer, I kept extending her visit until my mother called and told me to "set her free"...her boyfriend was going to propose the night she got home!


"NOOOOOO!" I could not let this happen. What would happen to our cozy sleepover arrangement once she got a husband? I tried to talk her out of marital bliss. Fortunately, Min got married anyway and her husband is THE BEST. I love him for many reasons, but mostly because he still lets her fly cross-country ever year to give me a week of sanity.


Min is coming for some heat, humidity and hectic-living this week...and I cannot wait. Of course, now you would not recognize her as that smart-mouthed know-it-all. She is the most poised, polished & poetic 20-something I know. In fact, she almost intimidates me. Go read her blog or visit her on-line shop...see what I mean?


I mean, where did the little sis who made me SlimFast and popcorn for dinner learn to bake, decorate and entertain crowds on a shoestring? How did the girl who mocked me all through water aerobics and Jane Fonda find time to train for a 5K run? Will the glamorous blonde with her cool friends, hip clothes and great taste still want to sing "Rainbow Connection" and giggle all night long under the covers?


Yes, she will...and that's why I am counting the hours til her plane comes in.





8 comments:

marta said...

gabi, you are too sweet. thanks for the (oh so sisterly) tribute. all those memories of us together make me laugh! you really do know me the best. so many years of me by your side, we have had some truly memorable moments. here's to another week full of fun! gabi's house or bust!!

Marty: said...

I wish I could be there to witness the reunion. I have fun memories of our times together. Remember bath time with all the little boys? Were there only 4 kids that time? It seems like there were at least 8. Remember the cheesecake in NYC? Have tons of fun!

Kelly said...

i love that you & your sisters are truly FRIENDS. that you actually enjoy each other's company, and don't feel obligated to get together. i love that about all you girls, i only hope kerry & i will be able to emulate your example!

Nimmy said...

Gabi and Marta are like twins born a decade apart. Without living together for long, you two are so similar. The way you both can cheerfully talk to anyone, and turn the conversation to learn everything about the other person, is amazing. You both have beautiful smiles and HUGE eyes. You both are very talented and poised. I love being surrounded by your good examples. Have a blast together.

mama jo said...

that was very sweet and marta is every single one of those things you said...but, you are too...you helped to teach her...and i can't believe how much alike you look...have fun...

Rochelleht said...

That was the cutest thing! You have the 'gift of gab', so it looks like your blog is aptly named.

Gramafolly said...

You do look like each other! Both very cute and stylish! You two are fun to watch and see all that you do.

Quelly said...

You two are ADORABLE!!!

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