E Is For Ele

The letter for today in Blogging A to Z is E.

Those of you who know me in real life and those of you who have been reading BCDC know who Ele is.  She is my Wonderful Sister.  Her real name is Eleanor and she was named for my Mom.  I was named for my Dad.  My sister’s middle name is Frances.  Our parents weren’t creative with names, but they were so much more than that.  Please don’t call her Eleanor or worse “Little Eleanor” which is what she was called for years.  Please call her Ele, pronounced as if it were spelled Ellie.  She’s very clever and came up with the Ele.

She is 2 and 1/2 years older than me.  This is one of my favorite photos of her.

Isn’t she adorable?! I don’t think I was around yet when this photo was taken.  I got there eventually.

This is Ele as flower girl at her Godmother’s wedding.  Such a little lady!  A few years later, this dress became a Halloween costume!  I was adorable!  Dress up was always fun.

Don’t you love our curls?!  Mom and Gram LOVED to dress us alike.  It was cute when we were at this age.  Happy little twins!

It was Not so cute when we got to this age.  This was at our Aunt’s wedding.  Probably Ele was nine and I was seven or something like that.  Please take note of the bruises on both our legs.  We both have a tendency toward clumsy.  We did have a good time growing up.

Today, we’re all grown up.  We are still very close, Ele lives two blocks away. We’ve both had interesting, not always easy lives.  We’ve stayed close through it all.

I am so proud of Ele for the wonderful woman she is.  She’s survived some difficult times.  She is an artist, a Reiki Master and the best Grummy ever!  I don’t know what I’d do without her.  She’s always been my biggest supporter and is behind me no matter what I do, even if it’s the wrong thing.

I passed her in height but not in heart.  I can’t tell you how much she means to me.  That’s Mom behind us, watching over us as always.  Making sure that we take care of each other.  That’s the way we were brought up…To Care For and Take Care of Each Other.

I am indescribably lucky to have a sister like Ele.  I wish for each of you a sibling like her.  She is irreplaceable.

Happy Ele Day!!

24 responses to “E Is For Ele

  1. What a lovely tribute to your sister! Loved reading it.

  2. I have no memory of life without you and that’s the way I’d like to keep it. We were lucky, we had a wonderful childhood together. I have always said that when it comes to sisters…I got the best and everyone else got what was left over. Thank you for being my sister…for listening to my awful voice all of these years and always believing that I could be so much more than I am. “Love you” just doesn’t cover it! But, as Mary used to say, Mom and Gram should have been charged with child abuse for the way they dressed us! …and somewhere she is still cringing because we still match our socks to our shirts!

  3. oh, thank you for sharing about your sister, fran! i am so glad you are blessed with such a wonderful sibling relationship.
    i love that ele spells her name this way! friends of mine just had a baby and named her ellie!
    since i am a new reader, all i know is ele is storing some of your books – haha! i look forward to learning more stories!

  4. I love Ele too! You all are great sisters and great friends! Rummage this week or no because of Easter?

  5. Oh and I always match my socks and shirts.

  6. SUch a lovely post, Fran! I already feel like I “know” Ele from reading your blog for these past months.

  7. !!! happy Ele day. I’m a big fan too, obviously. 🙂 you passed her in height but not in heart. I love that. I know life has thrown her a lot of lousy curve balls, but she is such. sweetheart. I’m so glad to know both of you. 🙂

  8. Family is so important. Thanks for sharing.

  9. So sweet! I love that flower girl picture–and those ringlets! Someone needs to bring back that style, haha. And it sounds like Ele is pretty lucky to have a sister like you, too. I love great sibling stories!

  10. What a great post and pictures. My sister is 2 years, 2 months older. We are also very close. I wish she lived down the street instead of 4 states away!

  11. What a sweet post…I love the photos.

  12. Thank you for this lovely post! I hope I look back and have as many lovely pictures and memories with Sister Smart. 😉

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