The two main characters in Despicable Lie and its sequel, Second Chances, Darcy and Danielle are twins, but they are also sisters.
Having a sister is a gift. I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful one. Her name is Kay. She's two years younger than myself, but in so many ways, she’s wiser and she’s certainly a lot nicer. As kids we went through the usual adolescent cycles of loving and hating each other (not really hating). Those of you who have sisters will understand exactly what I mean. There are times when we are so close and completely understand each other, and other times I would look at her or she at me and say “Really?”
My sister is sweet and compassionate. She is a devoted Christian and tries so hard to lead a Jesus driven life. By contrast, I am a Christian too, but have more doubts and questions…and occasionally, I can’t resist making a sarcastic comment or two. Kay is a superb interior decorator with an astute eye for detail. She can spend days deciding between two shades of green for her walls or between different fabrics for her furniture makeovers. I am too impatient, and prefer to work collaboratively with an interior designer to help me decorate my home. I do not want to be bogged down with the minute details of deciding which light switches or cabinet knobs I should choose.
My sister is an excellent golfer who’s won numerous club championships. She is highly sought after as a partner in member guest tournaments. I have NEVER played more than three holes (except in miniature golf). I am too high-strung to chase that little white ball around for hours. I prefer the quicker pace of tennis.
That closeness between sisters, that I share with kay, was missing in Darcy and Danielle’s young lives after a mysterious event that happened in their boarding school caused their estrangement. It wasn’t reestablished until the girls were in their mid-thirties.
Every year I watch my favorite holiday movie, “White Christmas”. When Rosemary Clooney and Vera Miles, playing the Hanes sisters, sing their duet, “Sisters” written by Irving Berlin, I always think lovingly of Kay. We are not as devoted (or as musical) as those two actresses in the movie, but the song expresses the love between sisters…the love I have for mine.
There were never such devoted sisters
Never had to have a chaperone, no sir
I’m here to keep an eye on her
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrives from Rome
She wore the dress and I stayed home
All kinds of weather
We stick together
The same in rain or sun
Two different faces
But in tight places
We think and act as one…uh-huh
Those who’ve seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us
Many men have tried to split us up, but no one can
Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister, who comes between me and my man.”
Until my next inspiration…ciao