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MY SISTER AND THE DOVES
When my parents died, my sister Carmela and her husband assumed the responsibility of taking care of all the younger siblings. (One little boy and three girls, me included) We all loved her very much.
Carmela had a wonderful personality, besides being beautiful, she was always cheerful and her optimism was contagious. Always looking at the good side of every situation, I admired her and wanted to be like her.
One day she woke up in a very happy mood, singing, dancing and making jokes. After doing some house cleaning inside she went outside to clean the porch which was full of leaves, when the broom didn’t work very well she decided to hose the leaves down.
In the porch, at the corner of the roof lived a family of doves, my sister saw them and started to say how lucky we were to have so many pretty doves in our porch, that they sounded so nice cooing their babies, and she went on and on about the pretty doves.
After a while, her job was done and the porch was sparkling clean. Carmela went inside and got busy with some other things. A little bit later we were all sitting at the breakfast table when we heard Carmela yelling outside, “Darned doves” Get out of here!, and we saw her branding the broom as a weapon chasing the doves, when we looked down, the nice clean porch was full of dove’s droppings, we laughed and laughed and for a moment we thought that she had split personality.
She forgave us for laughing, the doves came back to the roof and I think I am a little bit like her; I try to see the good side of every situation.
Nice portraiture of your sister. Doves are lovely but like everything else, they have a bottom end to them.
For practice, write a few incidents featuring one person. For instance, continue your story about your sister-perhaps tell us what other chores or things your sister does after sweeping the porch. Does she cook, garden, sew, etc.?
I'm glad you are continuing with your writing. I haven't posted in aarp.com because I've been writing and painting. My manuscripts are inching along (two on the road), and today I came upon another idea-one that is light hearted, rather than introspective like my others. The idea popped up from a weekend visit I had last week in Arizona.
Tomorrow, I join nine others in a screenwriting workshop. I wrote a screenplay based on an excerpt from my book.
My granddaughter is growing fast. She's now 24" long and 12 lbs. She makes three months old in a week.
Keep up the work. I've created a blog site based on my daily writing and paintings. I'll send you the address when it goes up online.
Stay in touch.