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We are Becky and Susan

Two Women, Au Fond, 6 x 13 inches, acrylic on paper, 2011.

I always thought it was a hardship to be so close in age to my sister. Although we were two years apart, my family referred to us as the girls.   It was one less name for tired parents to recall. By eliminating singular identity, every item a little girl might require could be purchased in multiples of two.  This convenience was at great cost to us. We were not twins, not the same size, and clearly we were not interested in the same things. If she looked good in the dress, I did not. If I wanted to play a game, she did not. Haircuts, household tasks, even allowances were ridiculously the same.  Sameness caused frustration and often real battle as we tried to claim independence. 

As we entered our teen years the inevitable separation naturally occurred. Eventually our singular talents and interests emerged and we found our separate paths.   There are more than 1,500 miles between us now, and we seldom see each other, yet she remains a significant part of my life. Most of my childhood memories are not singular. I don’t remember that I did anything.  We played dress up, we raked leaves, we drank Pepsi after we did the dishes, and we fought.  My memories are the shared experiences we had as the girls.  But you had better call us Becky and Susan.

Nonstop identity crisis for the girls!

Reader Comments (1)

As you can see in the pictures, Becky wore a hat better than me.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Schmitt

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