Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Sister Thing

If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.  ~Linda Sunshine

Although, my sister and I don't have the typical sister relationship, I will tell you this... I love her to pieces and I think she has turned into one of the most amazing women I will ever know.  Growing up, I was the undiagnosed ADD child who had to always be doing something, always needing someone to play with me, color with me, put puzzles together, etc.  My sister being the next born was the lucky one who had to put up with my constant bugging and nagging.  

"Mom...Dad...Shannon won't play with me..."  I would shout at the top of my lungs.

My mom and Dad: "Shannon, go play with your sister!"   
Shannon: "but I DON'T WANT TO!"

Dad:  "Shannon, go!!!" 

And then the waterworks would start by my younger sister and me being the nice older sister I am would say, "Fine you big baby, never mind, go suck your thumb!"   Man, I was mean! 

Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five.  ~Pam Brown
Growing up with me was probably not an easy feat for her.  Poor girl.  I wouldn't want to put up with me.  Here I was, this annoying, pain in the rear, ornery child and my sister was this sweet innocent little girl who wanted nothing but to hang out with my parents and her blanky, ie " her piece," while sucking her thumb.  

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.  ~Charles M. Schulz
Now grown, my sister and I occasionally converse about our childhood.  My dad was always videotaping us when we were younger.  And my sister watches our old home videos of me being a monster child for pure entertainment now.  We laugh a lot when we talk about how ornery I was and how innocent she was.  Oh if only I had my hands on those video tapes....

You keep your past by having sisters.  As you get older, they're the only ones who don't get bored if you talk about your memories.  ~Deborah Moggach
 I think that most sisters can relate and agree when I say that sisters have an unspoken rule that they will always be there for each other no matter what.  My sister and I are not as close as I would like, but I know that without a doubt she will always have my back.  She has and she will continue to take up for me and support me through thick and thin.  She is one of my biggest fans, as I am hers.  There is just something so sacred and special about the unspoken bond between sisters.  Its like nothing you can ever explain.  

When mom and dad don't understand, a sister always will.  ~Author Unknown    

I recently had a little get together at my house.  My sister shows up and go figure...we have on the exact same shirt, just different color.  A sister thing?  I think so!

If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and cannot catch your eye, she's wearing your best sweater.  ~Pam Brown

Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.  ~Margaret Mead
Like I said, I am so proud of my sister and the woman she has become.  She has chosen to live her life by helping children.  And oh by the way, I find it no coincidence that our life goals are very similar.  My sister is a special education teacher and reading specialist and a bunch of other things that I don't know the title of.  She was simply born to do the job she does and is awesome at it!   I am so lucky to have a younger sister!  And I know that I will irritate her, on purpose, until the day I die.  After all, what are big sisters for?

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.  ~Carol Saline

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