Day 13 – Siblings

It is the thirteenth day of my June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ challenge. Being a Sunday, I thought this would be a good day to spotlight my siblings.

Lorraine, Elaine, Peter, Jeanne and Denise

Denise was firstborn. She brought stubborn determination to the family, a serious talent for organization, and deep love and compassion for all things innocent or vulnerable – especially dogs, birds, and butterflies. 🤗


Jeanne came second. She brought beauty, elegance, and charm. To me, she has always been a cross between Jackie Onassis and a Disney princess. Over the years she has raised a family, bees, sheep, and a wayward duck. She has lost a husband, remarried, and survived cancer. She has done it all with genuine graciousness and without EVER having a bad hair day. 😐


Pete is my one and only brother. He has always been calm and quiet with a droll sense of humor thrown in. Being ten years older than me, we did not associate much as kids but I do have one memory of the two of us. I was in Grade one so Pete would have been in Grade 11. We had a huge blizzard. The next morning there was tons of snow around so my mother told Pete to walk me to school. He dragged me over or around every mountain of snow between our home and the town school only to find out that all classes had been cancelled for the day. Being brotherly, Pete dragged me all the way back home. I have a feeling Janice walked their daughters to school. 🤣


After Pete, my parents reverted to yet more girls. Elaine brought creative genius and talent to the family. She has done it all and she does it all incredibly well – cooking, baking, crocheting, needlepoint, crafting, plus extensive home renovations. To this day, Elaine tracks every family birthday, anniversary, and the like and sends us all beautiful handcrafted cards. 💝


Lorraine and I grew up more as twins than sisters. (I wasn’t the evil one 😇). Lorraine was, and remains, the firecracker of the family. I have never kept up with her physically or mentally – few if anyone could – but we have always made any time better together. 🥳 🍸

Teenie (Jeanne Christine) – Honorary Sister

Teenie is my sister Denise’s eldest child and only daughter. Since Teenie is only a couple of years younger than me, we have always had a sisterly relationship. When she was young, she would come for extended visits. I got to experience having a younger sibling and she got my favourite dress with the pink pinafore and my Campbell soup doll. She was the sweetest thing and unfortunately I was a bit too young to appreciate her at the time. We are good now!

Teenie and the Campbell doll she bought me a few years ago to replace the one that I always teased her about.

So that is it! Thirteen days down with seventeen to go!

Have a nice Sunday and I hope to see you tomorrow!


13 thoughts on “Day 13 – Siblings

  1. I am so sorry, John. We are fortunate to all still be here and especially that we all came through the Covid pandemic. My eldest sister just turned eighty and I am turning sixty-six this summer so we definitely went into it leary.

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  2. I love this story Anne Marie. Your sibs remind me of Hubs family. His sister was 18 years older than him (he was the baby). I started out with 2 sibs but my brother died when I was 7 and my sister got married a couple years later so I was raised more like an only child. I just love your descriptions of them. Too sweet…

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  3. Thank you, Neese. I am trying ‘Accentuate the Positive’. Next month I might have to write about the downside of siblings. 😂. Lorraine and I did put a condom that we found under Elaine’s pillow one day. (We had no idea what it was). It was years before we found out Mom was the one who found it. 🤣🤣🤣

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  4. Wonderful post and descriptions of your siblings. I’m one of 6 kids. My oldest sister is 13 years older than me and is 73 this year. I’m smack dab in the middle. I have 3 older sisters, a younger sister and the baby in the family a brother. We span 3 decades in birth. The 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Our parents sure were busy back in the day!! ❤️ I bet you have some amazing sibling stories, much like we all do I suppose!! Fun share!!

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  5. I have asthma, COPD, and bronchiectasis so I can relate. I was fortunate that I could retire and go into seclusion, but I am glad that the vaccine has things going in the right direction now.

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  6. I’m so glad that the vaccine has turned things around! I’ve been going without a mask in certain places now, it’s nice to go without again.

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  7. Very cool Anne. Must have had to Google to come up with ‘fire cracker’ . What did you google? Bat s— crazy?
    We must talk soon. Love your stories everyday but I obviosly cant read as fast as you can write.
    Love u like a sister, sister.

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