7th August 2016 is known as Sisters’ Day.
Whether it is in the closest of bonds or the farthest of distance between us, our family is some of the closest ties many of us have outside of marriage and children. This day is to celebrate one of those very bonds, the bond of sisterhood.
I have One big sister called Laura. I’m very lucky that not only is she my sister, but she’s also my best friend. But that wasn’t always the case. My mum often tells us that she was worried we’d grow up hating each other. When we were younger we were constantly arguing and would go out of our way to get each other into trouble. Laura once dropped her new swimming certificate into the fish tank and ran downstairs to tell my parents that I’d done it and then sat and watched with pleasure as I was sent to my room for the rest of the day. Another time we were playing with some plastic toys when she threw one at me for no reason, so I threw it back at her and in the process knocked out her front tooth – cue her running downstairs and screaming and me spending yet another afternoon in my room. She now sports a false front tooth because of me.
But it wasn’t all bad and we did have some great times. We could spend hours amusing ourselves with just a bed sheet and the stair case, taking it in turns to pull the other one on the sheet from the top of the stairs down to the bottom. We had endless games of hide and seek and could play outside all day on our Skip-It’s.
We grew closer as we hit our late teens and early twenties when Laura moved out of home. Not living in each others pockets made us appreciate each other more and we soon became friends, not just sisters. The arguing was replaced by laughter and we looked forward to seeing each other, rather than going out of our way to avoid each other.
Now there’s not a day that goes by where we don’t speak to each other and we meet up at least twice a week for a coffee or dinner. She’s also a great Aunt to Max. She was with us every step of the way through our long journey to conceive and Max is just as special to her as he is to me. I couldn’t imagine life without her.
So here’s to all the sister’s – especially mine!