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. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child. ~Barbara Alpert
18 months after the first was born, the second arrived. The first, she looked at this crying, wiggly bundle, put her head on daddy’s shoulder and looked away.
She was not impressed.
Days went by and months. Slowly the older warmed up to the younger.
The younger. She was challenging. Cranky. Prickly. But the older could come over and make her smile. A sweet friendship began.
A pattern developed between these two golden-hair princesses.
Years go by. The older goes to school. The younger is happy when she leaves. Happy when she returns. Hours spent together. Giggling. Playing. Laughing. Always together.
Fights begin to be more frequent.
“Those are my leggings.”
“I SAID LEAVE ME ALONE!”
“MOM, she hit me again.”
And momma’s heart begins to grow weary. Why do they fight? Do they not know they will one day only have each other? That the best friend you can ever have is a sister?
Then comes the day, the one that breaks momma’s heart.
The younger says to the older, “I hate you!”, stomps to her room and slams the door. The older stands there. Shocked. Pain covers her face. She quietly goes to her room and slams the door.
And momma stands there. And silently cries. Memories flood her mind. Of two girls. 9 years apart. The younger, the answered prayer of the older. For a sister, after four brothers. Of the times that she said “I hate my sister” during those teen years. The years before the emotions calmed down. One day she finds that they are still sisters, but now they are friends.
Momma sighs. If only she could save these sisters from the hard words, pain and regrets. But she knows that as long as sin is in this world, sister will fight against sister. And it makes her sad.
She hopes for her girls that they will learn to be kind to one another. Longsuffering. Patient. Gentle. Merciful. Forgiving.
Forever sisters, forever friends.