Thursday, September 28, 2006

Picking on Julie (a quasi-Da Count)

when you're the oldest girl, you pick on your little sisters. When my baby sister, Julie, broke her arm while jumping from the Stereo stand to the couch --
--hey, I don't know why we thought it was so much fun -- we just did...
--we made her promise to not tell Mom that we had all been doing it. Poor thing -- there she lay --in agony-- while we made her promise to face the music alone....

And then there was the time when it was my turn to get to go shopping with Mom (hey, with six kids, an outing alone with Mom was rare), and Julie wanted to go. I said no. She said she was going. She tried to beat me to the car. I arrived at the car, dove in, and slammed the door. The door of a VW Bus. The door of a VW Bus on her hand -- or more succinctly -- two of the fingers on her left hand. Which left her with wrinkly fingernails for the rest of her life. Which, of course, she pointed out when she got married. Geez -- some people never let things go....

In most families, this ceases when you become an adult. Not so in my family. Poor Julie.......

When we were kids, sister JoJo had a 24" doll named Francesca. Francesca had beautiful brown ringlet curls, and wore a kind of Victorian Wedding(ish) gown. JoJo and I loved her. Julie thought she was evil. And would lock her in the closet every chance she had. Eventually, Francesca was relegated to the attic -- and forgotten. For many years. Decades even.

Until one year, when we all ventured home to Nebraska for a family visit. Julie's daughter, Madi, was around a year old. Julie had left JoJo and I babysitting while she and her husband went out. I don't remember who thought of it first -- I actually think we both had the thought at the same time -- and we scampered up to the attic -- screaming to Mom, "Where's Francesca!?!?!?" A few boxes later - eureka! Mission accomplished! Francesca was brought downstairs, and all was made ready for Julie's return.

JoJo and I waited, wiggly and giggly, until we heard the front door open. Julie and Marc came into the living room. Marc smiled and said, "How cute!"

Julie, silver bullets zipping from her eyes, glared and said, "Why is that evil thing reading a book to my innocent daughter?!?!?!?!"

Julie -- I love you sweetie. As horrible as I was to you (in child and adult-hood), I can't believe you got me through my divorce and took me to China! Oh, and thanks for not leaving me stranded in China.....

**FINAL NOTE Edited on 10/1/06**
::manical laugh::
Years later, Julie saw that old episode of Twilight Zone (or the other one?) with the doll that walks around the house killing the family. She said that doll and Francesca were evil sisters.....silly, silly, girl.....
Francesca always said she was an only child...

10 comments:

thereminman said...

I love the story of the scary doll.
Great laughing about it with you and John and John last night.

Anonymous said...

Lol... I can understand your sister. Although she looks very demure, her hairdo is kind of scary.

Although I do not have siblings, my parents are very important to me. And family, all of them, is definitely a Da Count.

KFarmer said...

That sounds like something my sister and I would do to each other- oh we were and still are little devils! LOL! Great stories of siblings :)

Spitfire said...

HEE HEE ..that made me laugh...scary dolls freak me out, and my siblings, bless their evil hearts, I love them, for the same reasons listed above.

adam said...

Wow..Siblings!

I had to come over here, and say, "Hi" after reading your "adam's apple" comment on another blog (guess who??)

I have an adam's apple, and it don't bother me that much..kinda like it, ya know. I like that about me, too.

Got a kick out of your comment.

Thanks, for the LOL!

xx, adam.

lecram sinun said...

Great stories and a wonderful sibling count, APJ! Cheers!

airplanejayne said...

thereminman - It was the laughing with you guys that made me decide to blog it. Thanks!

cosima - I agree. My family -- the whole crazy lot -- is very important.

kfarmer - I think the devilish behavior keeps us young, yes?

spitfire - yeah, Chuckie's got NOTHING on Francesca!


Adam --Adam's apple or not...welcome!!

lime said...

LOL, julie is indeed a forgiving sort. we older siblings can be so awful. (just ask my brother) good count:)

KFarmer said...

Without a doubt :) Can you just imagine the havoc we could create.. hee hee hee...

Somehow I've just got to get to Fresno and meet all ya'll :)

kien lim said...

I am one of the 2 younger siblings and gave my elders grief!! My elders were ever so nice and protective of me, especially Big Bro'! Still is! I remember once I chucked a dart and it stuck to his calf! And he always looked out for me in school....