In today’s society, it’s easy for siblings to separate and become distant from one another. This can be caused by physical aspects like moving away from home, or emotional causes like a bad falling out that many siblings face. Whatever the reason, as the years go on we seem to grow farther and farther from the people we were once inseparable from.
The same could be said for the Mallia siblings, up until a short while ago that is. All five siblings, Mary (92), Carmen (98), Lawrence (90), Georgia (93), and Lucy (the youngest of the bunch at age 85), now live together in the same nursing home!
After being apart for almost 70 years, the Mallia family is finally back together living under the same roof, just like old times. The last time the five of them were living together was 1946, before Carmen moved out and married. But now that they are all reconnected, the nursing home workers say they are inseparable.
Wanda Carratu, a nurse at the Peabody, Massachusetts nursing home, spoke on the siblings’ meal time. Four out the five have dinner together every night (due to the fifth being in a different annex), and visit the other almost every day.
“They all look after each other,” she said. “And they know when someone may not be feeling well that day, or whatever may be happening. They sense that.”
The chief operating officer for the Brudnick Center Nursing Home, Betsy Mullen made the comment that, even after 35 years she has never seen anything quite like this.
“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.”
But what Mullen calls “unusual” I call a bond that siblings everywhere could learn from. Most people do not get this type of opportunity, so the family is being sure to make the most out of every minute.
“We are all just so happy to be together again,” Mary said. “I just wish my other brothers and sisters could have experienced this with us.”
And this hasn’t just been a blessing for the five siblings, but for their kids and families as well. “It’s wonderful, because I go up and I can easily check in on all of them at once,” said Janice Regis, Georgia’s daughter. “If there’s ever a rare chance that I end up going away somewhere, it’s so reassuring to know they have each other. They still enjoy each other’s company, for sure.”
Mary summed everything up perfectly, and it almost brings a tear to my eye:
“I can’t understand how brothers and sisters can go through life without speaking to each other… When you’re old and you think of the best time of your life, you think of those times when you were surrounded by family and friends. Those were the best times of my life. I couldn’t ask for anything better in the end.”
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