A sister is always there when you need her the most. Regardless of the calamity a sister will rise to the challenge, setting aside her own needs to make yours the priority.

There seems to be some instinctual link that goes with a sister’s ability to help one comprehend the situation in a better way. That deep understanding, perhaps linked by early life and shared environment, appears to be exactly what is needed to make things feel right again.

When I am with one of my sisters, there is an ease created by a feeling of acceptance and being known. There’s no need to hold anything back. Sisters’ memories seem long, and their perspective tends to keep me honest, even though I may cringe at what’s being said (smile).

Here’s a special quote taken from a little Hallmark book given to me by my younger sister about 20 years ago. The book is The Love Between Sisters by Helen Exley:

 “The desire to be and have a sister is a primitive and profound one that may have everything or nothing to do with the family a woman is born to. It is a desire to know and be known by someone who shares blood, history, dreams, common ground and the unknown adventures of the future, darkest secrets and the glassiest beads of truth.”

I am fortunate to have had three sisters. One was 13 years older; another is nine years older, and one is twenty months younger. The story in our family was that our mother accidently got pregnant with me and then intentionally had my younger sister so I would have a playmate. We were farm kids, so her selflessness was appreciated!

There have been several other women in my life with whom I have no blood connection yet have experienced a strong “sisterly-type” connection.

These precious friendships are sisters of another kind who understand and accept us in a special way. It’s as if we thrive in a shared spirit and can talk and talk and talk!

I hope you have these “sisters” in your life. If not, reach out, reconnect, reengage and enjoy!