A Sister and A Friend: A True Story

SistersI saw a post on Facebook that declared that this week was National Sister’s Week.  Being the Google geek that I am, I had to search to see if this was true. In fact, there are varying dates listed for the observance.  August 1 is National Sister’s Day, and there are some dates listed in March for a week-long recognition.  But, the search started the “wheels-a-turnin” in my head, and in truth, in my heart.  It doesn’t take a National Sister Week for me to appreciate the treasured relationship that I have with my sister, but it’s a nice opportunity to show some love.  And so, my sister…this is for you!

Thanks…for taking me to my first drive-in movie.  Even though it was a horror flick (your favorite back then), and you prompted me not to cover my eyes (and risk missing the “really good parts”), it’s a treasured memory. To this day, I can still vividly remember the experience.  I think maybe it was as much because you asked me to go with you…after all, I was 11 and you had just gotten your license.  It was the ultimate testament of your approval.

Thanks…for sharing your love of music with me.  You had an album stack to be envied…all the great 70’s bands.  To this day, I don’t hear the Allman Brothers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, or Steely Dan (just to name a few) that I don’t think of you.  Our bedrooms were close enough that I could hear the tunes that you were spinning, and so…I’m a proud 70’s music junkie.  Memories that are generated by a song are distinctive, and I’m thankful that they make me think of you.

Thanks…for always being by my side.  There’s a quote from a movie that goes something like, “Because she is my sister, she is therefore, one-half of me.”  We have it in our nature (genetically) to hold things back, so let this serve as a declaration for now and for always…I am here for you.  You are truly “one-half of me.”  We’ve both been told, through the years, that we look alike, laugh alike, and talk alike.  It is because we share a common thread that forever binds us.  You’re stuck with me, and I’m stuck with you…and I’m good with that.

A Quote About Sisters:

“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.” – Barbara Alpert

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