Sisters (Or, How To Write A Song Of Love On Air And Pajamas)

February 2, 2011

Her (via Skype): I’ve been thinking about when we were little.

Me: Yeah?

Her: About how we used to sneak into each others’ beds when we were scared, and cuddle up together in the dark.

Me: Mom and Dad kept telling us that we didn’t need our own bedrooms, because we always wanted to share one bed.

Her: When I was really scared, you used to scratch my back. You’d gently scratch out the shape of a letter, and make me guess what it was…

Me: … and it was always love or happy or…

Her: … or my name, or your name. And it always worked, it always made me less scared, it always helped me fall asleep.

Me: <3 <3 <3

Her: I think of your letters every night now. When I’m scared or sad. I think back to when we were little, and you scratching out your letters on my back. H-A-P-P-Y. L-O-V-E. C-H-R-I-S-S-I-E.

Me: I’ll always be here, curled up next to you, scratching little words of love when you need them most.

Her: I know.

Me: L-O-V-E. Y-O-U. C-H-R-I-S-S-I-E.

Her: L-O-V-E. Y-O-U. C-A-T-H.

(Go scratch/tickle/trace a word or two of love onto the back of someone you love. Let the words linger a moment. Then hug them hard, for punctuation. Repeat as necessary.)

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