I rarely get to see her because it costs a lot of money to travel 3000 miles. It is also hard to get enough time off work to make the trip worth it. It's even harder sometimes to find time to chat on the phone since I either have to stay up way late to catch her at home, or she has to get up way early to catch me at home. Her one evening off is often one that I'm very busy due to the aforementioned 4 children. It would seem that we are very different from each other...but not really.
I always try to take something away from special events, a kind of heart snapshot of each event that I want to remember. Yes, I do have this photo above, but being with her is about more than what you can capture with a camera. I have lots of friends but only one sister. Friends are wonderful, but there is just some territory that only a sister can invade.
Sometimes I just feel abnormal, out of joint, out of place and I start to second guess myself. Then I spend a few hours with my sister and all the sudden I realize that I'm not all that weird. She's more like me than anyone I know. I found out this visit that we both like mint ice cream, we both shave our faces every morning ( yes we belong to a family who has been blessed with lots and lots of hair which is great for our aging heads but bad for other places!), and midlife spread has affected us both the same way. When we went shopping we were drawn to the same things like scarves, balloons, and choo-choo train cars that play music. We think and react much the same way to things in life, even though neither of us have friends that might agree or understand.
And so I came away from our visit knowing that there is at least one other person in this world that is pretty much just like me and it just helps to level me out. I take comfort in that. Perhaps that is what God had in mind when he designed sisters. Perhaps he meant for sisters to be someone in your life that can draw the line between sanity and insanity and then let you know on which side of the line you fall. Carol Saline put it this way, “Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.”
I love you Mindy! You mean so much to me!