Outside the touch of time

To the outside world, we all grow old.

But not to brothers and sisters.

We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts.

We share private family jokes.

We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.

We live outside the touch of time.

-Clara Ortega

all of us:: an emjayandthem photo

all of us:: an emjayandthem (C) photo

*30 days till I see my sissy again, the tall one on the right (we’re now the same height).Β  And that’s me giggling in the red jammies.

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30 thoughts on “Outside the touch of time

  1. How exciting! Is she traveling to you or are you traveling to her??? Love the picture, and that quote is so true…

    • Thank you — I meant to preview and hit publish — d’oh! Oh well … She is accompanying MOM down to see all of us πŸ™‚ With 02 tanks and all. Sissy is a nurse and Mom is determined to see us .. can’t wait …

      That picture is a classic, taken Christmas eve around 1967. One of my faves πŸ™‚

  2. πŸ™‚ Have a great reunion. God bless you both in a very special way.

    • Thank you so much; I am so grateful to have them in my life and they are a blessing — to be together will be such joy, I can’t hardly stand the wait!

  3. Have a great reunion. πŸ™‚

  4. My brother lives nearby so I get to see him often. He is much older than I am and I worry that someday he won’t be here. Enjoy them in the moment!

    • That’s so nice that you get to see your brother often; I’ve lived far from family for nearly 30 years and now that I’m older I really treasure our times together. When we are all in the same room I think we all go back to our “then” ages — the boys tease, the girls fuss and I’m suddenly 9 again πŸ™‚


  5. This is so true – the way siblings continue to see each other. My sister and I still refer to our brothers as “the boys,” even though they are 44 and 42 years old!

    My sister lives nearby and I love it. I can imagine how excited you are to see your sister!

    • It’s so great you have your sister right there AND you get along to boot! The last time I saw either of them was when I flew up to help with Mom’s care after she’d been sick — so this is a much happier visit and I expect we will have loads of fun together πŸ™‚ MJ

  6. that little girl in the red jammies looks like she’s full of something (mischief?) your mom sounds like my mom…engaged with her family. I’m sure you guys will savor every moment

    • ha – maybe a little bit! I don’t have any other pictures of me smiling in such a joyful way — later years the smiles are more practiced. That’s why I love this photo – it’s so “in the moment.”

      Yes, Mom is very engaged in all of us. At 82 1/2 and about 100 lbs she still worries and clucks and fusses over us all. Love her.

      I am loading up on good coffee and will bake some favorites; we’ll fire up the grill, the classic country tunes and enjoy some patio time with the fam πŸ™‚ MJ

  7. What a blessing to have two sisters and two brothers! I imagine they can’t wait to see the grands and great-grands! Hope you don’t pop waiting. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, Mom will have time with her only great-grand daughter πŸ™‚ They are both looking forward to getting here – let the games begin πŸ™‚ MJ

  8. What a treasured photo! I’m so glad you have this special visit to look forward to. ENJOY!!! =)
    Also — “…outside the touch of time…” — luv this quote. I may have to share Clara’s words on my blog sometime.

    • I thought that quote was just right! And yes, that photo is a favorite for sure. Looking forward to our treasured time together πŸ™‚ MJ

  9. That photo is just…priceless, I can almost hear the laughter! You all are just too stinkin’ cute!

    • It’s surely a favorite of mine; I see my grand-daughter in that pic, peeking out at me! Can’t wait for their visit πŸ™‚ MJ

  10. Love, love, love the picture!! I know you’re excited to see your mom and sister πŸ™‚

    • You know I am πŸ™‚ I was a bit nervous about Mom traveling but sissy arranged a portable 02 concentrator and we rented a full sized unit on this end; I figure if the 82 1/2 yr old is game, I am, too! MJ

  11. kmnnz

    Reblogged this on Kelli's Blog and commented:
    So beautifully said..

  12. Wonderful MJ

    • Thanks! I am filled with anticipation … I want the days between to go like lightening and the days during to slow like molasses! πŸ™‚ MJ

  13. Ditto all of the above.

  14. Sweet photo! Funny, the tricks time plays on your mind…how if you close your eyes, you can be a child again in an instant, or in a totally different location, just from a scent, or a sound on the air…glad you’re going to see your sis soon! (And of course you’re wearing red!) ~ Sheila

    • Oh totally! I never wear red now but sure loved those red jammies then πŸ™‚ So excited to see my Seeeester as we like to call each other! MJ

  15. Oh that’s so exciting. Nothing compares to the sisterly bond. You are too cute in your red pj’s!

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