There’s nothing like a sister. Try three sets of sisters. Three sets of sisters who relish their time together. That’s the happy occasion when the Cassells, Calhoun, and McDole women get together for Sister Time during the week of Relay for Life.
My sister Reenié flies in from Detroit. Judy’s sister Jan comes in from Reno. Then, my two daughters Amina, from Los Angeles, and Asila, from North Carolina, round out the sextet.
|The Sensational Six: Reenie, me, Amina, Judy, Asila, and Jan|
Originally, the Relay was our reason for gathering. Now, in addition, we rendezvous because we enjoy each others’ company and want to have quality time together. Over the years, we’ve instituted several traditions. Some have been set aside as we attempt to honor and support each others’ health needs.
A few traditions have remained constant from the beginning. Somewhere in our schedule, we must fit in a trip to Lamont for dinner at El Pueblo, our favorite Mexican restaurant. Most of us order their signature shrimp dish, Cancun, but a few branch out and try other delights.
‘ Treats’ is of another enduring tradition. In a ceremonial atmosphere, each sister receives small gifts from all the others. After this year’s fun-filled exchange, we all agreed that this practice is so neat because these little gifts are sought out with each person in mind and presented with love.
There’s nothing like a sister, but there’s really nothing like spending quality time together. We can’t wait until next year.