I am the lucky sister, sandwiched between two of the best sisters ever. It reminds me of the Sister Sledge song “We Are Family”:
We are family, I got all my sisters with me.
It is true: all my life, I have had my sisters with me, watching my back, standing up for me, and fiercely sticking together.
First, let me tell you about my sister Abby. I am so blessed to have never been without her by my side. She is two years older than I am, so my memories always include her. And by my side she has always been.
She has never been one to say:
I am too busy.
That just won’t work for me.
Let me get back to you.
No way! More like:
I’ll be right there. How soon do you need me?
My sister Abby is my role model for what it means to be a good family member and a good friend. She puts others ahead of her own needs and will step up without being asked. When Dad was sick, she spent every summer in Decatur helping him and allowing our stepmother Beatrice to have a respite from caring for him.Her memories of those summers are epic and she would not trade them for anything.
Abby is the perky, pretty, optimistic sister. She always looks on the bright side of life and reminds us of the importance of sticking together. Since she was the older sister, Abby has always done everything and paved the way for the rest of us. My sister Abby is independent and so wise. That is why we look to her for how to handle life’s lessons.
Sissy is the photogenic sister and has never taken a bad picture. Sissy is also very pretty and loves nothing more than to entertain. She does the most fabulous ‘Untouchables’ dance that will leave you in gales of laughter, rolling on the floor. I have always been her best audience and when we are together, the laughter and smiles never stop.
Abby and I always say we had to wait eleven years to get our sister because that is when Beatrice and our dad got married. At first, our new family had its struggles and stumbles as we learned how to blend. Our first vacation as a blended family was the beginning of a new life full of adventures. And in the end, we blended quite well, forming a whole that was stronger than the individual components. And Sissy was sure worth the wait!
I am the middle sister and am the more realistic of the bunch. Being sandwiched between these two means I had to find my own style. I am the more practical sister who loves her family fiercely. I am also the one who speaks up when there is a problem, but also the one who tries to find a solution. I am a take charge kind of person and will research and problem solve to try to help out.
Yes, I am the lucky one. Being sandwiched between these two has been a blessing of immeasurable proportions!