Left-right: My sister-in-law Julie Gribbins, niece Shannon Gribbins, me, and my sister, Anne Woodside Gribbins.

Here in southern California—er, I mean rainless Deep River, Connecticut—my husband and I visited for a few hours this afternoon with my sister Annie. She and her daughter, Shannon, were on their way back to New Jersey after a weekend spent relaxing in Rhode Island with our sister-in-law Julie. Something about walking around the neighborhood with sympathetic souls that makes a day wonderful. We share a kinship around being the only sisters in a family of boys, and two siblings who support each other through the changing tides of life. I love watching her care for her daughter and navigate with good humor a very busy work and home life.

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