Friday, March 24, 2006

The Great Sister Test

You know if your sister is GREAT when you can do the following...
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Call her at 7:30 in the morning and when she doesn't answer, send your daughter over to wake her up and tell her to get ready because you are leaving to drop your daughter off at dance in 30 minutes and then go shopping all morning and you want to take her with you. When she jumps out of bed and gets herself and her baby ready (even if the baby's socks don't match) in less than 1/2 an hour, you know you have a keeper.
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Share her baby with her, especially if it is the first time you have not had babies within a year of each other. Grab the baby anytime you want and cuddle, coo, kiss and tickle. When you can look at her baby and realize you love her pretty nigh as much as you love your own children (and you know that feeling because you've had 7 of your own already), you know you have a great sister.
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Share some distressing news with your sister and she gets more distressed about it than you do even if it has almost nothing to do with her.
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She loves the used book store as much as you do and after many, many years of being the best example you can be, she is finally the one who buys the most books.
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Starve yourselves all day in order to be able to stop at your favorite Mexican restaurant late in the afternoon and then make absolute pigs of yourselves and laugh your heads off while doing it while your daughter looks on, giggles and thinks you are crazy.
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Spend all day with her and still look forward to possibly spending the evening together, even if it means huddling in the van, drinking hot chocolate and trying to stay warm while watching your son and nephew play baseball in windy, cold weather.
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Know that you are loved without hearing it spoken or gestured.
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Love her unconditionally without any effort at all.

2 comments:

Tim's Mom said...

Wow! That is one great sister!

Kaleesha said...

I have less experience with her, of course, but in that which I do have I've found her to be an equally terrific friend (like a sister ~grin~). Once when I went to spend the day with her I ended up with a horrible kidney infection. She took great care of me and my two daughters AND her four kids while I spent the WHOLE day writhing in pain, unable to keep any food or drink down. Ugh! I was therefore unable to produce milk for my 3mo old and when she was getting quite hungry my dear friend became my baby's nursemaid for the rest of the day. I don't even think her baby boy noticed a lack. She's a true gem!