Submitted by OWB Member Katherine Mason
My sister, Carolyn, and I have always been close, but reluctantly we’ve lived far from each other for most of our adult lives. We’ve never been fans of this distance, but perhaps it’s also what’s brought us closer over the years.
She’s 6+ years older than me yet we’re practically twins… just with completely different hair. We sound alike: same laugh, nearly the same voice, and we even catch ourselves saying the same thing at the same time with identically pitched voice inflection. ‘Lil spooky sometimes! It’s a lovely reminder of the beautiful bond we share; one that will never be broken by distance.
It’s hard being away from family, especially when you consider your sister one of your best friends. Miss you, “CareCare.” Luckily, with the help of a little game called “tell me three,” she’s remedied this long distance; especially when we’ve unintentionally allowed for long bursts of time go without reconnecting. Life happens. We get busy and easily become tangled in the daily “to do’s.” Now, she’ll text me those three words, allowing us to stop and share what our days/weeks are like:
“Tell me three!”
It’s a sweet and simple remedy to reconnect. It’s a practice that I highly recommend for staying in touch with the special people in your life.
These three things can be anything: what you made for lunch, embarrassing stories, how you finally folded that pile of laundry in your chair that—until today—was the size of Mt. Everest, a free latte on the way to work, how you did a cartwheel in your backyard after getting good news but no one was around to see it… anything!
Take yesterday, for example. For me, one of my three was joining the fabulous online community of OKWB (Oklahoma Women Bloggers)! For Carolyn, I learned that she and her precious kids created a homemade “terrarium” in a large glass vase, which both mimics and exposes the life cycle of a pond. So cool!
It’s not a contest. It’s a chance to stop, reflect, and connect. It also gives you a chance to think about what’s important to you. What stood out in your day or week? What’s worth sharing? What’s uncontrollably laughable now… but got you all hot and bothered earlier that day?
In an age where our heads are buried in laptops, cell phones, plans, and deadlines—it’s important to lift up our heads and hears to offer a brief exchange of your life and theirs. This could be a nightly practice over dinner with your husband and/or family. Maybe a much needed night out with the girls! How ‘bout a group text with your best friends? Or, make it personal and start writing these things down in a journal for better daily reflection. Whatever you want!
It’s totally fitting that I leave you with my “3” from today—BUT—to keep things fair, I ask that you comment with your “3” below. Got it? Fabulous.
- My yellow lab is passed out right now, aggressively snoring on our fully extended reclining leather sofa. Tough life.
- Tonight, my husband and I plan to spend New Year’s Eve at a line-dancing bar in Tulsa! We’re horrible line-dancers so far. No doubt about it. We’ve been together for 5 years, married for 2 of them now, and I’m head over heels in love with him. Let’s just hope that my head doesn’t literally fall over my cowgirl boots’ heels as I awkwardly attempt to shuffle the two-step… backwards. How DO you ladies do it?!
- Feeling a little under the weather since our recent week of travels out East for the holidays. Today’s lunch will include chicken soup along with a cup (or 27) of hot tea with honey and lemon. And maybe ice cream… chocolate… chocolate ice cream… is it lunchtime yet?
…tell me three! 🙂
Katherine Mason recently moved to Owasso, Oklahoma from Washington, DC with her husband Sean and yellow lab Stella. They immediately fell in love and are thrilled to call it their “Okla-home-a.” Kathreine is the owner and freelance writer behind Newlie Creative, LLC, and you may also find her on her personal blog, “Newlie.“