Friday Flashback – Sisters

standard September 26, 2009 5 responses

Friday Flashback is all about bringing to light some of my favorite posts from my archives to breathe new life into them. I’m reposting this because I just spent the afternoon with my sister and I get to see her again tomorrow evening. She lives across the country and we don’t get to spend time together nearly enough. Also, when we were kids we didn’t get along at all. I’m glad that’s changed. This was originally published in October 08.

Sisters

I expected that I’d be moved by the relationship between C and Little L. I thought there’s be cute hand holding, fumbled kisses, maybe even the odd hug. I did not expect the unbelievably deep bond that links them.

I didn’t expect that C would be Little L’s self appointed soother. If Little L is fussing or even outright crying C rushes over and sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Instant quiet, every time. For example, this morning Little L got upset because she kicked off one of her shoes and C got right down to business. “Mama! You drive the car!” She ordered,” I’ll take care of L!” And she did. Moments later they were both singing and clapping and crisis was averted.

I didn’t expect that they would be so tight. As long as they have each other they don’t need anyone else. The two of them play endlessly, entertaining each other with their goofiness and silliness. They’re very favorite game consists of crawling around the house in a perpetual game of chase. As soon as one girl catches the “leader” they turn around and race off in the other direction.

I didn’t expect the sharing! Sure, there’s squabbling over stuff, but usually only when one girl is tired or cranky. The rest of the time they constantly look out for each other. They share toys, books, and even food! If one girl has a cookie or a banana you can be sure that moments later the other girl will have a piece of that coveted item in hand, and not because she threw a tantrum to get it!

I didn’t expect the desperate need for equality. Sure I expected big discussions about fairness, but I didn’t expect the turn they usually take. C always wants to know if Little L gets to do something that she’s doing, but not because she’s keeping score, rather it’s because she’s worried that Little L is going to be left out.

The two of them are a tight little team. They turn to each other for support and fun and I love seeing that bond grow a little more every day. Nothing makes me more proud or love them more.

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5 responses

  • Elizabeth

    Do u ever feel old doing flashbacks? It’s kind of a constant reminder that life is changing, No? Depressing but sweet at the same time.

  • My only sister is nine years younger than me, and the bond between us is made up of the thinnest crystal strand. I’m not sure it’s intact anymore.

    Once I said to a girlfriend, “I wish I had a sister.” She was shocked, as was I, at those words, but Amy and I have never been close.

    I loved this post, but it made me long.

  • My sister and I were very much the same way. It’s a wonderful blessing to have a built-in best friend. 🙂

  • So wonderful your daughters are so close. Baby is my big helper with her brother. I hope they end up the same way.

    I also have a sister 2.5 yr older than me. We get along so well, now that we live in different states! lol

  • We seem to have a lighter bond just now. On one hand, Cate ADORES Grace. For real.. just worships her. But Grace.. while she loves PLAYING with Cate.. she’s not so quick to comfort when Cate is crying/upset. So think in our case, the bond is one-sided. Right now anyway.

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