In the recent American Patchwork & Quilting article about Minick and Simpson, you may have gotten the impression that Polly is a bossy older sister. She is not. Polly offers her experience and wisdom, (and the occasional wisecrack) but she isn't bossy. The magazine offered this tidbit tongue-in-cheek. Our sibling experience is just too unconventional to display the obvious sibling rivalry. We didn't occupy the same space when we were kids - the age difference being what it is. There are no stories of annoyance, betrayals, and humiliations. Too bad, as this would be a great place to offer them up. I will have to ask Mike and Jeff. Our brothers are very close in age to Polly and they might have some memories :) This is Polly's grandson Michael and his two older sisters - Shelby and Rachel. They went para-sailing yesterday. They are pretty close in age too. These three terrific kids live close to me and I see them fairly regularly. I don't ever see this stereotypical behavior from them either. They are siblings and good friends. It's good thing they are, because if they weren't - two older sisters might make this experience more annoying than exhilarating. Can you believe how appropriate that parachute is for the Minick family?
Bill has older sisters too. Here he is with Mary and Margie. Carolyn is camera shy.
The four of them tell lots of tales of childhood; happy stories with much laughter. He is a fiercely loyal little brother with 3 "mother hens" who watched his every move. Even the stories of annoyance and humiliation are offered with good humor and love. Actually, Bill is just grateful there isn't photographic evidence of the girls favorite childhood game - dressing Bill up in doll clothes and pushing him around the neighborhood in the stroller. I can't say that I am - I would love to see those pictures.
A little shout- out to Grant Minick (on the left) who is the older brother of Emily Minick (on the right)They are the cousins of the para-sailors. Grant was named First Team for Prince William Country Swim Team. Way to go Grant!
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