menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Hold Me Tight! In the menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight

I simply love this picture of my sister and I embracing after running into each others arms from the opposite side of a bridge in Venice a couple weeks ago. 

I just love it. I’m sharing this embrace in the menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight and you will in a moment see why.

After this hug, she, my future brother-in-law Eric and I strolled around the town for a while until we came upon a restaurant on the sea and decided to settle there for lunch and drinks.

Well, we’d been talking and marveling about any and everything and especially just being thrilled to be with each other when about midway through lunch Dani and I decided that nature was calling. We set off to find the restroom. 

We find it after coming upon a room with a cross over the door (weren’t we in a restaurant or had we wondered into a church somewhere or was there a church in the restaurant? That’s the wonderful thing about traveling to different countries and cultures: you get the opportunity to be privy to the unexpected.) 

So while we’re standing there underneath this cross, Dana tells me a story and then starts doing an Elvis imitation where he, at the end of his shows always said, “Thank you very much” as he left the stage during his performances and I mean, she had his voice, his movements, everything down and we were CRACKING UP! Crying!

We were still laughing so hard that after we’d finally found the toilet Dana couldn’t figure out how to flush it and I said don’t worry I got this for you. That’s a beautiful thing for me, knowing that I will always be her big sister and will take care of her anyway I can as long as I live-even if it means flushing the toilet. 

Well, not being one to waste water,  I urinated on top of hers and just the mere fact that our urines were swivelling down into the secrets of the Venice sewage canal together gave me peace–it’s one of those funny kind of things about sister love that you cannot explain. In my mind, we will always be together in Venice. When Dani came out of the bathroom she was still laughing so hard that an employee asked her if she was all right. 

I  don’t think we’ve ever laughed so hard in our lives together, ever! 

Love, laughter and life. Three essentials to survival. They say that silence is golden. But the snuffing out of this sound of laughter rooted in love as families are being ripped apart from each other at border crossings is not one of them. And to do so in the name of the Bible is a sin in and of itself. It is unconscionable. It is unthinkable. It is unacceptable. I could not even imagine being ripped out of the arms of my loved one. Can you? Just think about it. I’m sure you can’t either. There are big brothers and sisters wondering about their little sisters and brothers, parents worrying about their children, cousins, friends, loved ones, period.

Please show your support for these families anyway you can. These are real people. Use your social media, speak with your neighbors and friends–do something, just please don’t do nothing.

Now is not the time to be silent. Now is not the time to laugh. 2000 children have been separated from their families within a 6 week time period and are being held in detention centers wondering where their families are and what will become of all of them. Everybody has the right to live, to laugh and to love. Do whatever you can, great or small, to bring a smile back to the faces of these families. Make some noise!

#KeepFamiliesTogether #whereisyourheart

#Contribute, #dosomething! #children, #detention, #zerotolerance #separation #parents #humanity

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