Childhood Friends

Feb 18, 2020

Well, I guess I’m like a lot of people. My first best friends were my sisters. We were three girls, no boys. And I met lots of friends throughout my life–always had friends from school where I went and some of them were very important to me. But I think my most important friends are my sisters.

We grew up and in those days, there wasn’t the television. There was radio. And you listen to the radio, you imagine in your mind what the people look like and what they were doing.

But then my older sister was seven years older than I, and the younger one was four years young than I. I was in the middle. And my older sister liked to write plays. She liked to write many things–she wrote poetry, stories, plays but her plays I remember, because she would write the play and my sister and I would have to act out the parts. We had more fun with these plays and her girlfriends would come sometimes and they would be in the plays. We had a lot of fun. We’d imagine all kinds of things.

We all loved schools. If we learned anything, we’d teach each other. That was another thing we did. I got to certain grades and I already knew what to expect because my sister went ahead of me.

I’ll never forget that I had measles and couldn’t go to school when they started long division so she taught me. I remember thinking what is this long division is all about. She was a wonderful sister. She died a couple of years ago when she was almost 95 years old. We used to talk on the phone every day. So I guess she ended up being my closest friend and my other sister, I have one sister now who’s still left. She’s 85.

Most of my friends have lost contact with through the years. And then I made a lot of friends a lot younger than I am from church activities and from jobs. I never said while they’re this age and I’m that age so we can’t be friends. Some of my friends are the same age as my daughter. I never associated with my daughter and her friends because people need to be free enough to be themselves but I met a lot of young people, some of them are still my good friends. I’m 90 and a lot of people I know or used to know are dead. I read about them in the paper.

But we had so much fun. We used to have a phonograph. One of those wind-up things. One of my aunts had died and left it to us with all her records. And we would play those records and sing along with them. Then when my sister got a little older, she would take to buy records from popular people like Mills Brothers and Ella Fitzgerald and all those people, then we would sing those songs. But apart from that, the music and plays and that kind of thing.

And all the friends I went to school with, went to the movies with, but my sisters were a big part of my life. No brothers.

My younger sister and I both ended up being elementary school teachers. My older sister worked for the federal government.