“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.”
― Barbara Alpert
Having been an avid reader for many years, I have come upon my fair share of stories about sisters and they way they act with each other. So, the quote above is a valid reflection of sisters, who on a good day with my own girls seems more to me like a good dose of “War and Peace”.
I, myself, was an only child until almost six years old and then my mom had my brother. Growing up, my brother was fairly easy going and since I was so much older, he looked up to me. I heard often from my mother, “You are the older sister and you have to watch out for him.” As a young girl, because there were so many years difference, we didn’t have a lot in common. However, as we did get older, the age gap closed up quite a bit. Now at 35 years old and 29 years old, we truly are the best of friends.
That said, I can’t always relate to the relationship my girls have, because on one hand they are sisters and I truly didn’t have a sister and on the other, they are only 16 months apart (much closer age difference than my brother and I).Friendship Day Jewelry from Emma’s Pre-School
So take for instance, today’s latest and greatest from my girls. Emma had Friendship Day at pre-school. Apparently, they made necklaces to wear to promote peace (trust me the irony on this and how not peaceful my house can be did not allude me here) and also made bracelets to give to one classmate friend. So, Emma made a bracelet for one little girl in her class and the same little girl made Emma a bracelet in return.
When I went to pick her up, we were half down the hall leaving, when she begin to panic and realized she had forgotten her bracelet. Off we went and turned back around to go down the hall to her class. We retrieved her bracelet from her teacher and then we were finally cleared to go home. On the car ride home, she clutched this bracelet like it was gold now that she had it back again.
At home, Lily was still napping while my mom was keeping an ear out for her. When she woke up, Emma immediately took her necklace and bracelet off and put them on Lily. Lily immediately told me, “Emma gave me this necklace and bracelet. I love her.”
It was so adorable, was so happy to see the two of the sharing and getting along. and I was slightly shocked how easily Emma parted with both of these prized possessions.
About five minutes later, all hell broke lose and you could her Lily screaming, “It is mine, no!!” Those fighting words and it was war now.
I went to check to see what the problem was. Apparently, the necklace and bracelet were on loan and Emma was ready to collect. She wanted them back and Lily, of course, didn’t want to give them back.Sisters–They Do Love Each Other So!!
No worries, it did get straightened out pretty quickly and peace prevailed. Both girls were onto bigger and better with Mickey, Minnie and Donald stuffed animals. And all was forgiven and forgotten within minutes.
A side note though, the screaming is nothing new around here and even the way they acted with each other isn’t either by any means. However, it always seems to amaze me, since as I said earlier I didn’t have a sister and my brother was over 6 years younger then me, how as sisters they can totally love each to pieces one minute, the next be mortal enemies and still the next be best buddies yet again.
But from all accounts, that is just because quite simply they are sisters and this is how sisters act with one another.
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