I'm in line in Kroger, talking on the phone to my sister Dora. She's actually the one doing the talking, doing her Wise Woman Talk: don't worry about pleasing everyone. You can't make everyone happy. Just do the next right, good thing.
When I hang up, I look at the
woman behind me in line and say, "I love my sister." She chokes up.
"Oh I love my sister too except she had an aneurism yesterday. She's ok
now, she's home. Her husband took her to the hospital because she had
such a bad headache. We think it's from flying all the time"
stomach drops and I hug her and let her talk. I tell her I'll pray for
her sisters healing. She thanks me and tells me more. They're keeping
it from their mother because it's her birthday, but the mother knows
anyway. "She called me last night and asked if everything with Kelly is
OK because she had a feeling something was wrong."
I tell her simple things. Don't lie to your mother. Keep praying.
leave and drive to the bank to meet my other sister Cheryl, who makes
me laugh and then walks into the bank to do her business. I call Dora
back to tell her about the woman I just spoke with in Kroger and am
amazed (sort of) to see that sad sister enter into the bank behind
So I follow them both and introduce my new friend
to my other sister, "See?" I tell her. "There are three of us Gholson
sisters and you're today you're surrounded by Magic Sister Power and
everything is going to be just fine." We hold hands. She looks
exhausted and thankful. When we go back outside, she drives by and rolls
down her window to shout, "I just talked to her husband and she's doing
fine. Her name is Kelly and thank you for your prayers." I love that.
Cheryl and I go into Bells Diner to eat spicy spicy Korean food.
After we order, three sisters come in with three babies-sleepy, blond
cherubs about a year old.. They sit behind us and tell the waitress that
the babies are triplets. One of the sisters had triplets and now they
were all taking them on an outing.
From behind my seat
one baby places her pudgy, fresh arm near my neck. I turn to see her
unblinking blue eyes. Cheryl and I smile with her, whispering prayers