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Submitted: August 13, 2018

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I am the oldest in my family. My sister is three years my junior and we are polar opposites. I am serious and more conservative in my speech and mannerisms. My sister is artistic and extroverted. She is spontaneous and unfiltered; which is both a gift but more often than not a source of contention between us.

I have always been the diplomat and observer. The one who can sense the energy in the room and will try to minimize the possibilities of conflict. My sister loves to “stir the pot” as they say and will debate each and every point. As younger women we would taunt one another endlessly. She is taller but I am a bit faster and could hold my own. In retrospect, it seemed as if my parents encouraged this competition and adversarial relationship. Why I do not know? I can undertand how competition can motivate performance; but it can also break the heart.

As we entered college we took separate paths. I received my degree in Education, got married and had a son. My sister became a Ph.D. and moved to Paris. She married and had a child as well. We are both in our fifties now. My son is grown and her daughter is a teenager. We see each other once a year for a few weeks. My son has the challenging spirit of my sister and her daughter has my temperament; a familial irony I suppose.


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