“ The Old Ladies"
Willow & Rose
They're names are Willow and Rose, the Bennington twins! They were reared by their mother, Mary, who was widowed while the girls were still too young even to go to school. They have little memory of their father, other than photographs shown over and over by their mother. And, of course, Mother's incessant stories about him, she could go on for hours - and often did!
Mother never realized how clingy and frightened of the world she was after Father's passing. The girls every step-in life had to be choreographed by Mother, otherwise she feared she might lose them too. It was stifling, but they eventually understood the deep loss she felt, and why she held onto them so tightly. Neither sister ever married - no young man was good enough in Mother's eyes because none remotely compared to Father.
When Mother passed, the twins decided to sell the large rambling house they grew up in, along with most of the land. They used part of the considerable profits to build mirror image twin houses right next to one another.
They live separately, but share meals and visit with one another daily. They spend hours looking at photographs of Mother, Father, and a few of themselves. They remind each other of all the details in every story Mother ever told. And they are content, actually more than, to live out their lives just so.