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I’m an only child so for me sibling rivalry is a spectator sport. Filled with unique characters. Often entertaining.
So late one afternoon the doorbell rang. When I looked out our front door side lights I saw two sisters in Catholic school uniforms: a 6 y.o. and a 9 y.o. with their mother standing far behind them down the sidewalk.
The sisters were punching/pushing each other off our front stoop trying to be the one who stood directly in front of our door when I opened it.
The 9 y.o. won.
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But before she could tell me why she was here and what it was I would be buying, the 6 y.o. took one last stab at getting my attention. And I have to say it was clever.
We have lots of rose bushes along our front walk and with roses, come bees– especially in September when bees get crazy as the summer ends. They buzz everywhere.
So the 6 y.o., batting her hands wildly, jumped in front of her sister to save me from a bee getting into the house. The 9 y.o. and I never saw the bee in question, but the brave 6 y.o. assured us that it was right there.
And, as we all know, 6 y.o. girls of all religions, races & nationalities, always tell the truth.
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At this point the 9 y.o. looked like she was going to strangle her little sister. But her mother noticed this too, so she came up closer to the house and
<loud voice> <do this or else>
“Tell Her What You’re Selling. And Where You Go To School.”
</do this or else> </loud voice>
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There was a long pause, so quiet and still that you could hear the gears creaking inside each girl’s brain.
A mere 3 minutes after I’d opened the door the two sisters had come to the realization that they needed to work together in this moment if they were to get a sale and keep Mom happy.
So with a more-grimace-than-smile look on their faces, they told me their sales pitch– and I found out that I’d be buying two $10.00 raffle tickets that would give me the chance, later this month, to win:
<loud voice> <in unison>
“Three. Thousand. Dollars.”
</in unison> </loud voice>
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Not to dismiss the wonderfulness of winning that much money but I gotta tell ‘ya that from my point of view, I felt like I had already spent my $20.00 wisely. I didn’t need to win $3000.00 later, when at this very moment a live one-act show, such as this one, had magically appeared at my front door.
Like I said, sibling rivalry. So fun to watch.