1. Yesterday I spent with my sisters celebrating two of their birthdays. Even though this involves juggling the schedules of five busy women and many hours of driving and an overnight stay, we always get together several times a year -- just the four of us and our Mum -- to do what we like best. That happens to involve eating fabulous food which we haven't had to prepare. And talking. A lot.
It's not that we don't chat often by phone or on-line but in person, just the five of us, is different. It's that natural flow of topics, one to another, the reminiscing, the teasing, the surprising observations (and the unsurprising ones), the sharing of what matters most in our lives...along with the trivial fun stuff.
Our ages span 14 years so we weren't always so close, especially as kids when a gap of five years seems like another generation, but as we've matured so has our relationship. Simply, my sisters are my best friends.
Yesterday in Sydney (how good is that view?)
2. I'm also fortunate to have a wonderful bevy of sisters-in-law, one of whom has just returned from a mercy dash to the other side of the world. Because HER sister needed her. To me that illustrated, concisely, the bond of sisters. In a time of need, they will do whatever is necessary...even if that involves flying halfway around the globe on a moment's notice.
3. Which brings me to fiction and the book I am currently writing, which happens to feature sisters who (perhaps not so surprisingly) share a close bond. Not a perfect one -- sometimes they exasperate each other, they've experienced envy, frustration, misunderstandings -- but when it comes to the crunch, to the worst moments and the most blissful, they know who to call first.
So, let's talk sisters. Do you have a sister (in blood or in friendship) who is always there for you? Do you like to read about this special bond in fiction? Have you read a book recently -- or do you have a favourite -- which celebrates the bond of sisterhood?