Keeping up with siblings can be hard work. After leaving the house most of your time is wrapped up in figuring out who you want to be, and the interim of self improvement can cause a rift between family members, that takes time to restore.
Five senior citizens, who happen to be siblings, from Peabody, Massachusetts, know this reality better than most. In their golden years, they decided to move in together at the same nursing home, and have been inseparable ever since.
The seniors in question are Mary Cena, 92; Carmen Wesala, 98; Lawrence Mallia, 90; Georgia Southwick, 93; and Lucy O’Brien, 85. They are just as cute as you’d imagine.
Betsy Mullen, chief operating officer for the Brudnick Center, said she’s never seen such a circumstance in more than 35 years in the business.
“I’ve had sisters together. I’ve had brothers, husbands and wives, mothers and daughters. This is so unusual,” she said. “I’ve never seen the likes of it.”
Growing up, there were a total of 11 siblings in their family. The eldest of them all, Carmen, left the house and married in 1946. The Mallia siblings have not all lived together under the same roof in over 70 years.
“We are all just so happy to be together again,” Cena says. “I just wish my other brothers and sisters could have experienced this with us.”
Their example is what family should look like. Make an effort to keep up with them through the years. We can only hope to have such a beautiful relationship with our siblings, but it’s so amazing to see their example.