We each grew up with younger brothers - brothers are not sisters. But then she married my brother. And we each were given a sister-of-sorts in each other.
They moved here, to this town, and I think we were all a little apprehensive about how it would all work out. And like I said, there were some bumps along the way. But I'd like to believe there were more laughs than tears.
Now they are moving back to our home state, my hometown. And we are staying here in my home of a decade, the blackhole such that it is.
She has taught me much about sisterhood.
Sisters stick by each other even when it seems easier not to.
Sisters talk openly.
Sisters go for walks, eat ice cream, exchange books, watch movies, vent frustrations, and beat the guys at cards.
Sisters quote Gilmore Girls and make Friends references (though my references probably were only from the first four or five seasons).
Sisters go running together a couple of times. Well, she runs. I ran for about thirty seconds and never again. She keeps running and I am inspired to maybe give it a-go someday. :)
Sisters tell you the $60 shirt is cute (even though you know you'll never buy it), and sisters bring new Old Navy Flip flops when they comes to baby-sit your sons.
Sisters do your laundry, dogsit, cook dinner and clean your house when you are in the hospital. .
Sisters coordinate Thanksgiving while you are on bedrest.
Sisters see each other through a really crappy summer - and are amazed a few years later how things worked out for each of them.
Sisters keep you up-to-date on the goings-on of your former workplace.
Sisters cry with you when your grandpa dies, when your babies stay in the NICU, and when your family dynamics change.
Sisters extends grace even though there are times you know you have hurt her.
Hopefully you teach each other about sisterhood- the good, the bad, and the beautiful.
And even though I have said I wasn't going to talk about it, I find yourself typing away about her and knowing next week will be a tough one. Because my sister is moving back home.