more sister time
July 21, 2010 Leave a comment
The flavor of this summer for me is – I am Woman, hear me laugh! I’m suddenly learning a lot about the differences, layers, roles, and dreams of women.
During the weekend writer conference in Manzanita last month I watched my sister Rose perform her poetry. This was a first for me and it is a significant memory because I’ve only read her poems in silence. Rose’s voice gave a special nuance to the words and her memoir poetry brought tears to my eyes.
I attended one of Rose’s classes a few years ago. I was impressed to experience Rose as a high school English teacher. She kept her students engaged. Then I talked to those same 20 high school seniors for fifteen minutes. It was within 2 weeks of graduation, it was a Friday afternoon. A few were interested in a professional relationship with agents and editors as a novelist. The rest were distracted but I didn’t take it personally. 🙂
On a different note, I meet with a large group of women writers every month. I know bits and pieces of their lives, careers, and family, but not really. Many I have known for six years but only in relation to book events. Other women are friends because of where we live and what we do in our neighborhood. Some women I call friends only because of our connection to the pilots in our lives.
I don’t know why I’m suddenly fascinated by women since I am one and have four grown daughters. It could be I finally have the time to consider that all the women in my life are unique and vibrant with layers of living beneath their surface. I’ve reached a point in my life where I have the time to delight in wine, women and song.
My sister-in-law Carla is now in town for a month with her daughter’s family so fun times are planned. I wonder what more I’ll learn about these women that have been a part of my life for decades. I’m sure we’ll laugh.