I felt at peace as I watched both of my children sit nestled in her lap. The look on her face, probably the same as mine, a complete look of contentment. She doesn’t have any children of her own and doesn’t know what it feels like to be a mother. I know she would make a good mother, and I wish she would let me have the title as Aunt, but I suppose it’s not in the cards. And I know she is OK with that.
I admire her every time we are together. Always put together, with her nails freshly polished, a new Michael Kors purse placed on her shoulder, and her eyebrows freshly waxed. A career focused person, she has always been. Whenever I see her, she is always in a hurry but I don’t know what for? I remind myself that is who she is… a person on the go.
Besides my husband, she is the first person I go to when I need advice. She is the logical, intellectual one. I am the creative, spiritual one. Together, as sisters, we balance one another out. I see so much of my oldest child in her. The will, the mood, the need to always be doing something. My sister has never been much of a hugger and neither is my oldest unless it’s on her terms.
I watch her sitting in the chair with my baby on one side and my 4-year-old on the other. I remember all the times we’ve spent together – as young children, as young adults, and now as full-grown women and how at this very moment in time, we are both experiencing the same joy. I feel the serenity within from the comfort I get when I see her interact with my girls. I see the happiness on her face as she embraces her nieces. I think to myself for a moment that I am the baby in my family and how did it become that I now have two babies?
She doesn’t quite understand all that is involved in motherhood. And I don’t expect her to. I will simply relish the moments my children get to spend with her. It is as though I get a flashback to a different time in my life. A time when I was playing with my sister in the backyard. A time when life stood still and the only responsibility was to play. A time like the one my children are in now.
“A sister is a forever friend.” – Unknown