Dear Stepsister

We’re all grown up now. We don’t have to pretend to try to get along because our parents want us to. We don’t have to pretend we have anything at all in common. We don’t. Really we’re more like people who went to high school together a long time ago and know a lot of surface things about each other because we’ve read them on FaceBook. We continue to see each other once a year sometimes twice. But please don’t think you can lecture me about my life. You really don’t know anything about me at all. Some people you just don’t click with. We didn’t click.

I wonder what will happen as our parents continue to age. You’ve only called me twice, to ask for things. I have only called you in return to those calls. I doubt that we’d be in each others lives at all if it weren’t for the folks. I guess I’m not really saying a whole lot in this letter. Here is my point: I appreciate that we can both see that our parents’ twenty-something year marriage has been good for them. They take care of each other. But I don’t want to be friends. And I really don’t want you to act like you know my business when you don’t.

Stepsister

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~ by Jacquelyn Fletcher on February 26, 2009.

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