A Summer Ferry Ride
About 18 years ago my mom and I visited friends in San Diego that just had twins. It was such a memorable trip. I remember, as a soon to be teen, that it would be so amazing to have twin cousins. The friends we visited had a niece a little younger than myself and she doted over the babies and I pictured them growing up together and making sweet memories. I left feeling a little jealous but the thought passed because - hello - you can't just pop twin cousins out of thin air.
Well, five years later we got a call from my Aunt Betsy saying that she was pregnant! And oh yeah...by the way...they were coming in April.
The cousins I had hoped for were coming! Sweet, beautiful identical twins were born just a little over a month after my birthday. I was 16 when they were born and a year or so later I would spend two jam packed, fun filled, baby squeezing summers with them.
And ten years later, walking through their front door this summer smelled like many summers ago. It was almost overwhelming. I thought for sure I would see babies in diapers running through the hall but instead I saw young, whip smart 12 year olds with the most gorgeous blonde flowing hair and mile long legs - who by the way - give the tightest, strongest hugs ever!
I oddly only captured one of our last adventures together but we did everything from attend their jazz concerts, pick them up at school, paint watercolor, swim on fish-peditions, sew doll size quilts, watch movies, bake our hearts out, have sleepovers, run around parks, and share delicious dinners together.
Side note: I loved it all but I have to say, their jazz concerts were definitely a highlight! Jazz music is some of my favorite and hearing it live by my own cousins was so wonderful.
One of last excursions was a trip to Bainbridge Island via the ferry!
We had a meal close to the water, browsed the bookstore, ate some yummy ice cream (milkshake for me!) and fell in love with a local sewing store. Even Phoebe was allowed in. I didn't have a project in mind so I didn't buy anything but now I kind of wish I had. The girls got some fabric for a future pillow project and can't wait to see the final product. Don't you forget to send pictures L & C!
And now, 12 years later, I have my own memories with my twins. My twins. If it was just one baby, I would have loved him or her just the same but I will always be forever grateful for both of them. Two to love. Two to bond with. Two to hug extra hard. Two to talk to. Two to create adventures with.
Our last day in Seattle was bittersweet. I couldn't wait to continue our adventure on the road but my heart was broken. I sobbed the day before and on the day we left. I love watching them grow and learn and live life. And being an observer along side is an honor.
Until our next adventure - cousins forever!