I'm just now getting over the depressing fact that my sister doesn't live by me, and that I don't live by her. ... And by 'getting over' what I really mean is 'putting it out of my mind so I don't have to cry myself to sleep at night.' Sisters are the best, aren't they? They might make us a little pathetic and co-dependent, but they are the best.
I have some great friends in my life. People who I have shared wonderful memories and hearts with. But there's something about my sister that simply is bigger than memories and hearts. I just... need her. Some woman named Barbara Alpert, who I think is famous only for this quote, said of a sister,
"She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink... When we doubt everything about ourselves, [sisters] remind us who we are."
This is Kelsie. She knows me better than anyone, crazy and all. I could write a novel about all the ways she rocks the universe, but we'll start with that she picked me up from the Greyhound station in Mobile, AL at 4:30 am (where I said goodbye to my Filipino friend heading to Texas and wished luck to the woman federal inmate worried about missing her ride to the halfway house and getting in trouble with her parole officer. I had already waved goodbye to the cranky gentleman who was, for some unknown reason, escorted from the back of the bus in handcuffs before we left Atlanta) and for three days I got to remember just how right whoever Barbara Alpert is.
AND (as documented above) how great nieces are! Kaylee learned how to swim without floaties, Riley made me several beaded necklaces, and Saylor just smiled ALL THE TIME. Ferris wheel, Gulf Coast (clean, go figure!), throwed rolls, swimming, and lots and lots of cuddle time. These girls know how to be sisters.