“Finally you got your long-awaited privacy, your own grown-up life, and you wound up calling her all the time just to see what she is doing.
You wouldn’t have guessed it years ago while you were yelling at her through the bathroom door, but there’s so much comfort, such relief in having someone in your life who has always known you, who gets your jokes & accepts your eccentricities. Who else has humoured you throughout your rebellious phase, your intellectual phase, and that one weird health food phase?
No matter who you’ve become, your sister knows where you began, how it all started. She may be the only person who has the ability to recount every good, great, or stupid thing you’ve ever done. She understands the girl inside the grown up woman you are today, and that is no small thing.”
admittedly it wasn’t exactly love at first sight!
Back then I thought you were a pain in my rear.. but looking at this picture now I realise just how precious you were & I wish that I had been a little nicer to you. Like that time I dragged you through the bindies.. If I could go back in time I would take better care of you, I would let you know that you are a great dancer with an awesome voice & pretty fabulous style.
It has been so beautiful watching you grow.
(I remember when you bought that dress, I was a pain in the ass that day, I’m sorry about that too.)
You met a boy… who changed everything.
(and so began the serious of photos in various stages of undress that I will continue to tease you about, are you sure your husband actually owns clothes because he never seems to be wearing any :P )
I’m not sure that ever I told you this, but you were so beautiful that day.
And every day.
“Your sister will do anything for you, as proven by the bridesmaid dress she wore at your wedding.”
and I forgive you for that too.
lemon meringue anyone? :P
I met a boy too..
and told me I looked like a princess!
(Thank you for always making me feel pretty)
You looked really pretty that day too, and I couldn’t have done it without you there.
I remember exactly the story I was telling you here, who else would have been as suitably outraged as you? Thank you for ‘getting it’ and always having my back.
One of my favourite parts of the whole day was just lying here with you, two girls on a bed (and a charming young man who I also adore) , having a chat. I pray you always find time to lay on my bed for a chat.
But not just girls anymore, also mothers. Have I told you lately that you are a beautiful mother? I hope you know that, I don’t think you get enough credit. Fierce as a lion protecting your gorgeous cubs, even if it takes a good zapping! ;) You make me want to try harder, do better. I would love my child to think I am half as good a mother as I see that you are.
I love your girls as if they were my own, or perhaps in a way they are because they are a part of you and you a part of me. Know that I will be here for you & them for always.
I don’t want you to go. Not while I still need you around. Though I know I can’t ask you to stay..
But can you? Just another day, or maybe even forever?
Who else do I know that would stop in my driveway for a Kentucky fried chicken picnic and a phone call? Yes, I totally took that photo, you should know me by now ;)
” And there is the miracle of sisterhood. Without knowing it, in fact sometimes without even liking it, the two of you formed a powerful, unbreakable bond created from thousands of tiny, seemingly forgettable moments.
Today you can see it- that your ideas about loyalty, fairness & cooperation have been formed by each other. You’ve been one another’s teacher, mirror and friend. And deep down you understand what only sisters can know: That you belong to each other in a way that can never belong to anyone else.That a love that grows through stages and phases is even stronger for having been tested. That sticking together works for almost anything life can throw at you. That you’ll keep moving forward, shoulder to shoulder, through every phase of life. And that makes all the difference”
I love you Jomo more than you will ever now. But for now I’ll miss your smile