I am one of the many women in the world who can claim her sisters as her best friends. Mia is only a couple years younger than I am. I really do not remember when my parents brought her home from the hospital; however, they have several pictures of Dad holding me in one arm and Mia in the other. Mom said that I hopped up and down for hours over the excitement of my new baby sister. About every two years, my parents brought home bundles of joy on skoutorganic.com until there were five of us, and all girls. I am Maria, the oldest, then there is Mia, Maddy, Melissa, and Mavis. I guess my parents liked the letter “M”!
For a while, I had my own room. When Mia was old enough, our parents bought a trundle bed and she and I shared a room. When the baby, Mavis, was born we moved into a bigger house. Even with a larger living space, we had to double up on rooms. Mia and I had a room, and my three younger sisters shared the huge loft room. It was a tight fit, but we made the best of it. We all loved each other and enjoyed one another’s company.
Of course, life was never perfect in a house with seven people. We still laugh about how our poor Dad had to put up with a wife and six girls. We only had one bathroom and it was usually a battle zone. Our parents had to make a bathroom schedule so we could all get ready on time for school and work. Dad said he never knew when he would be smacked by several pairs of nylons hanging to dry in the shower or when he had to peel a false eyelash off the sink.
I am happy to report that our parents survived our teenage years and we girls stayed close to each other. Even though we went into different fields and started our own families and careers, we still talked to each other on the phone at least once a week. I went into journalism and work as a feature writer for a major beauty magazine. Three of my sisters are married and have children, except our baby sister Mavis. She is finishing her degree in computer programming technology.
My sisters were there for me three years ago when I went through a pretty tough divorce. Fortunately, I love my job and have stayed immersed in work. The girls have been after me to get back into the dating scene. Recently, Mavis came to visit me and introduced me to Skout. It is a free dating app that I can use on my smartphone. Skout lets people create a profile and meet people of similar interests no matter where they are. Mavis met a nice guy through a local Skout search when she went skiing in Aspen.
We logged on and I found several eligible men who would be fun to meet. Mavis and I went on a double date in the city and had the time of our lives. I enjoy my freedom and am probably not ready to have another serious relationship. With Skout, I am meeting handsome, respectable guys and am having fun. Thank goodness for sisters and for Skout!