Having an older sister is one huge blessing from God. Though — growing up with her — it didn’t always seem that way, I have come to understand how much I would’ve missed out on if she hadn’t been a part of my life.
These are some of the moments I don’t want to ever forget… They are part of what makes having a sister so great!
1. Late Night Talks — Most of the more important conversations my sister and I had were after we were in bed and the lights were out (yes, we shared a room). We would often stay up quite late just talking. And it wasn’t always serious talk either. Sometimes, we would end up laughing our heads off into our pillows because we didn’t want to wake anybody up. That’s what I missed the most when she moved out…
2. William Shakespeare — Yeah, sister dear, you did read that correctly. 🙂 It is well known in my family that I do not read Shakespeare. Nothing against the guy — really. For the most part, I like the stories, I just don’t like the way he wrote them. My sister, on the other hand, loves Shakespeare. So, she would read the story, then tell me about it. She also usually had a Shakespeare quote scrolling across her computer screen as a screen saver. As a result, I have memorized many of those quotes. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.”
3. Sharing Books — No, I don’t mean like I read it, then loan it to her. More like reading to each other. We didn’t do this all that often. Sometimes it was just to share a few lines. Other times, several chapters. I think we fell asleep on each other more than once. 🙂 But that’s okay.
4. Walks — I don’t really enjoy walking as an exercise, but I did it with my mom and sister when I was a young teenager. This was another time for my sister and I to talk. We talked about books, movies, music, flowers, photography, whatever came to mind. And, sometimes, we just walked along quietly.
5. The Look-Alike Moments — It’s pretty funny when we run into each other and we’re wearing matching (not necessarily identical) outfits. This happened just last night, actually. The typical question we get asked : “Did y’all call each other or something?” To which I have answered, “Who has to call? We just read each other’s mind.”
6. Communication From Across The Room — No words necessary. This can — and often does — frustrate people because they have no idea what’s being “said”. But these moments can be so much fun! 🙂 Something is said and we both instantly think of the same thing. With one look, we confirm each other’s thoughts and share a smile.
7. The Crying Moments — I know most people would not expect this to be on this list, but I have to include it. No, these aren’t my favorite moments, by any means. But… they do mean a lot to me. I don’t cry in front of people. I just don’t. It’s the way I am. Over the years, I’ve become pretty good at holding back tears. That’s just a part of me, I guess, that I don’t want just anyone to see. My sister, however… She’s one person I feel the freedom to cry with. I think she knows me better than pretty much anyone else. These moments are precious to me because they show me that we can be there for each other even when things aren’t going so great. These moments bring us even closer together than we were before.