When I was pregnant with our sixth grader, I prayed for a healthy baby. I also prayed for another girl so our daughter would have a sister.
I have three sisters and my husband has two. I genuinely love and adore my sisters! If you don’t have sisters, you have missed out on being in a relationship that cannot be duplicated. Sisters add to our lives because shared gender, blood and family experiences bond us forever.
Luckily, I have also been blessed with a few friends who are like sisters to me. We share everything sisters share without the “garbage” part of growing up in the same family. Words cannot properly express the utter joy and miracle of sister-friends, the ones we choose to have as part of our lives.
With chosen sister-friends the relationship endures and grows as friends grow apart and closer throughout time. The ebb of the intensity in these relationships makes me feel all the more grateful for these women in my life. My sister-friends and I can go for months without seeing each other and yet when we get together or talk on the phone, nothing has changed!
Today, November 13, 2009 is my day to salute my sisters, the ones in my family and the ones who are chosen to be in my life. This weekend celebrates both the birthday of my biological baby sister, and my chosen older sister’s. Both women serve as a comfort, an inspiration, and hold a very big place in my heart.