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Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Best Things Come in Two

I am a blessed woman. Just over 23 years ago I was born into this world on July 31st preceding my best friend and twin sister Sarah Howe by a mere 30 seconds. We are identical twins who look very much alike and who are polar opposites. We get along better than you and your best friend... and can fight harder than spouses. She is always there for me; and likewise, you'd better not mess with her or else... We've been together our whole lives from the womb on and as such have a bond that no man/woman could every compete with.
I love the movie White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Allen. In it there are two sister who are struggling entertainers and it shows them doing a routine called "Sisters". The lyrics go something like this:
"...Sisters, sisters. There were never such devoted sisters; never had to have a chaperone no sir, I'm here to keep my eye on her. Caring, sharing, every little thing that we are wearing; when a certain gentleman arrives from Rome, she wore the dress and I stayed home. All kinds of weather we stick together, the same in the rain or sun. Two different faces, but in tight places, we think and we act as one. Those who've seen us, know that not a thing can come between us; many men have tried to split us up but no one can. God help the mister, who comes between me and my sister; and God help the sister, who comes between me and my man."

You don't get to choose between my sister and I. We come as a packaged deal; we were born that way, and we'll remain that way. The only people who can claim a closer relationship to either Sarah or myself would be our husbands... and even they understood that we were closer than most and had to be okay with our relationship. We see each other on a regular basis and in between, we talk on the phone at least.

Sarah's strengths are my weaknesses and her weaknesses are my strengths. We've made the best team and have had the blessing of even working together at the same companies. Our employers quickly recognized that we made an incredible team and that together... we could accomplish what it would take a whole team to accomplish otherwise.
Sarah was a construction worker; unafraid of manual labor and gifted with her hands. She plays guitar and loves to practice mechanics when she can. She was always taking apart radios, bikes and other miscelanious items. She'd tie knots in most everything and beat up any boy who would taunt her, challenge her... or bother me.
I am a designer, lover of all things beautiful with a history in visual merchandising. I play piano and have always loved to keep a home. I would run to her with boy trouble and wince during wresling matches. I'd try to paint her nails to cover up the dirt and oil and fix her tangled hair from her outdoor excursions.

The best things... come in two. This I know without a doubt.
Sarah, my best friend and the one who knows better than any woman how to encourage and strenthen me; and who I know is going to read this because you love to be involved in what means a great deal to me...
I love you very much! Thank you for always being there for me.


I'm Sheila Atchley. said...


WAH! This was too sweet...


MrsWendy said...

::fighting back tears:: Hannah, how completely sweet!

Sarah Howe said...

You make me cry!!! I love you bunches! Thank you for that post, it means a lot to me.

Joan said...

Beautiful, and the comments that have been posted before me. :)

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Anonymous said...

How absolutely precious. I love the movie and song you made reference to!
It is hard or should say impossible to think of you and not think of Sarah! When I think of you both I can't help but just smile!
I love you both bunches! You guys have something extra special!!

Vickie e

A multi-dimensional life said...

What a pleasure to meet you Hannah...as well as your sis! You are extremely blessed, but I'm sure you realize it. I'm the only girl. My brothers are great, but a sister would have been nice...especially a twin. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments! I look forward to more visits! Blessings!
p.s...The shortbread is really easy! :)

Maegan Beishline said...

LOVE this! This is a wonderful interpretation and I adore the connection you have with your sister! I do not have a sister...but I couldn't be happier to have had three girls. I happen to think there could be nothing better in life than a sister and I'm so thankful they have each other!

Hannah McConnell said...

Thank you everyone for your comments! Yes, I do treasure the connection that I have with my sister.
Joan, it's so nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting me!
A Multi-Dimensional Life, I will be visiting often :) and already plan on hitting the store today for my missing ingredients and baking it tomorrow after church (seems like the perfect Sunday afternoon treat).
Meagan, I'm tickled that you love my post. When I read the word "two" she was the first thing I thought of.