Leavin’, on a jet plane…

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This morning someone I love flew home to her family and I miss her already. We said our goodbyes last night, five days after she arrived, and 40 years after we’d last seen each other.

Katie grew up in Michigan while my environment was the western Kansas landscape. She was a city girl, I was a country mouse trying to keep up and to figure out what made her so incredibly cool.

We were together only a handful of times over the years, but there was a bond that made us sisters as well as cousins. Life happened, of course. Katie birthed seven babies in eight years and added an eighth baby just for good measure, so she got a little too busy for letter-writing. I was preoccupied with the details of my own budding existence, so we gradually lost touch.

Enter Facebook: something I posted moved Katie to call me with the news that she was coming to Kansas to see my two sisters and me – and three days later she did. Four decades of involuntary separation melted away within seconds and we were sisters again. The hours flew by, as they do when we’re having fun, and it was over too soon. The memories are for keeps, though, so no crying – just plans for seeing each other again, sooner rather than later.

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Rita, Susan, Judy, and Katie

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. murphyvillefarms
    Aug 17, 2017 @ 14:29:33

    Wonderful story Judy, I enjoyed reading this and am so happy you all got to spend some precious time together!

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  2. maureenjenner
    Aug 13, 2017 @ 13:43:21

    Golden memories that only needed a slight stir to make them sparkle.

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  3. Barbara D
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 17:34:11

    Short and beautiful happening.  Thanks for sharing.  I do remember that little girl.  She was as sweet as her cousins.

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