Saturday, April 19, 2008

For the Love of Sisters

When I see Gracie and Annelie playing together, I cannot help but smile.

I never had a sister, just a big brother who tortured me and teased me and did all the rotten things that big brothers do. When I knew I was having another girl, I couldn't help but cry. I was so happy that Gracie would have a sweet little sister to love and cherish, to share toys with and play dress up with, have tea parties with and play soccer with. And I was so happy that little Annelie would have an adoring big sister who never teased and never tortured and never did the rotten things big brothers do...

Who was I kidding?

Gracie loves her little sister. She especially loves to take away her toys, pour water on her head, steal her snacks, and wake her up when she is sleeping.

And of course, dump enormous quantities of sand on her head.

Enormous quantities.

Lucky for me, Gracie also loves to take baths with her sister.

And luckier still, Annelie is very, very forgiving, quick to get over things, and always up for a bath with her big sister.

I had friends back in school who despised their sisters. They fought like cats, stole each other's clothes, and sabotaged each other's dates.

I also had friends whose sisters were their best friends. They played sports with each other, went to the mall with each other, and always watched each others backs.

I'm hoping that by the time Annelie is old enough to stick up for herself, Gracie will have outgrown the torture game. And I'm holding my breath that they will one day fall into the latter category -- love, respect, and most of all be best friends with each other.


When Nan and I were little
we sometimes used to fight:
she'd read my secret diary
and I would scratch and bite.

If she pulled up the window shade
I would want it down;
if she wore short pajamas
I'd wear a long nightgown.

But then we learned it's better
to have a sister-friend,
someone beside you in the dark,
someone to hold your hand.

Now we're glad my hair is long
and hers is short and curled.
The difference doesn't matter:
we're two against the world.

by Ruth Whitman

In the meantime, I know I have a lot of work ahead of me!

Funny how the bathtub has more sand than the sandbox ever did! Of course, besides cleaning up messy, tortured little sisters, I also have to clean the bathtub. Thanks, Gracie.


Kelly said...

This is so sweet. I have two sisters and this totally reminded me of when we were little!

Nikki said...

Wow, this reminds me of being a kid. I have a little sister-sometimes we fought other times we were best friends.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a cute blog..I did get a laugh at the sand in the hair, even though it was a terrible mess for you..

Janna said...

I can totally relate! My Zach loves to do to his baby brother all the things Gracie does to her baby sister. And when I was pg with Lane, I was hoping for another boy because I have both brothers and sisters, and my sister is my best friend, even though she's 7 years older and one of my brothers is my twin. I love your photos. Your girls are adorable!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Hehehe, nothing cures the woes of childhood like a bath!

Its nice to know that some things are the same everywhere :-)

(and trust me, life with 2 boys is about the same, only with trucks and dirt insted of dolls and dress up)

:-) Great Post!

johanna said...

i was the only girl too with just 1 brother. when i was little i always wished i had a sister. your daughters are so adorable!

BackwoodSophisticate said...

ROTFLing at your post. I have to turn my daughter upside down and shake her a little before I can bring her in the house. Her brother loves to put dirt in her hair. I love seeing my kids interact as siblings. They totally crack me up and I love to see them love each other.

Gina said...

I love this post. I can relate as I have 2 boys (men now). The older one constantly harassed the younger one.

He got him to willingly stick a metal pin into an outlet...brothers!

marievilla said...

Too cute and funny! Annelie looks so adorable in the tub. There's nothing like having a sister!

New England Quilter said...

Aww... I am off to see both of my sisters today - just had to read this sweet post! We are taking our boys (no girls yet) to get their picture taken for my mom for Mother's Day! I hope that all 5 boys, age five and under, can sit still long enough for one photo!

Crystal said...

Hahaha! This post made me laugh out loud! Your girls are precious!


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