I grew up with one sister, who is three years younger than I am. I tortured her growing up, but if anyone else messed with her they had to answer to me. We played all day together…mostly whatever I decided we were going to play but we laughed the whole time. We got on each other’s nerves but made each other smile. I don’t remember my life before my sister was born. Even though I was here for three years before she arrived I always knew her. She was my first friend. Siblings have a connection that no one else can understand.
My sister and I can argue but we move on as if nothing ever happened. We are there for each other through the good times and the bad times. Friends have come and gone but my sister was always the last one standing, waiting, ready to play when all my friends went home, ready to pick me up when boyfriends broke my heart and cheer me on when success came my way.
When we were little we would play in the backyard for hours together. We would play with our dolls and giggle through our walls until our parents finally said enough time for bed! Vacations were always fun because we had each other. We would swim all day, watch movies, laugh ourselves to sleep and do it all again the next day. I spent my whole childhood with no real understanding of just how important my sister would be to me.
I went off to college and my sister stayed behind to finish high school. I missed her all the time. By the time we were in our twenties we were best friends. We would get ready together, go out together and not a day went by that we didn’t talk to each other. We got each other through bad jobs, awful break ups, and finally both found our happiness. We stood at the altar for each other at our weddings, we got each other through miscarriages and jumped for joy when we were both pregnant. We were both there when our first children were born. We are the godmother’s to one another’s first born.
She is still the first one I call when I need someone to talk to. Now that I have two children I know that our parents must be so happy that we are as close as we are. I watch my boys play together and all I can think is be there for one another. There will never be a friend who will understand you the way your sibling does. There is nothing that brings a smile to my face quite like watching my boys play together, listening to them laugh together, and simply knowing that just like me my oldest doesn’t remember life without his brother. Sometimes when history repeats itself it’s pure perfection.