Here’s to the sisters. Close sisters, absent sisters, half sisters, step sisters, good sisters and even the ugly sisters. Here are 10 reasons why sisters are awesome.
1. Sisters understand how your parents screwed you up
Parents are a nightmare. I know, I am one. All their well-meaning advice, ridiculous rules, strange friends and terrible jokes only serve to create a living nightmare for a child. Then throw in teenage hormones and the world is over as soon as your parents enter a room. And nobody will ever understand what you went through as a child in quite the same way as your sister.
2. Sisters teach you to deal with your emotions
Hell hath no fury like a girl who finds out her sister has borrowed her pants. You feel violated, outraged and disappointed in the person you thought was your closest ally. You scream, shout and fight… and then you get over it, but not before realising you can never quite trust anyone again.
3. Sisters know you better than you know yourself
You spend hours looking for the perfect outfit. Traipsing around from shop to shop, waiting to be inspired. Then you go home empty-handed, only to find your sister has the dress of your dreams in her wardrobe. Now to persuade her to let you borrow it…
4. You’ll always be my friend – you know too much
From your ticklish spot to your secret childhood crush, your sister is in the know. Even after the worst argument ever (see point 2) you have to forgive each other. She could do too much damage as an enemy.
5. You’ll always think of your younger sister as a child
The fact that she’s now a brain surgeon, rocket scientist or High Court judge is irrelevant. If she was born after you, you’ll always know better than her. The sooner she realises that the better.
6. Friends come and go…
As you get older, you realise there’s not many friendships that stand the test of time. People move on, tastes change and you have your own lives. As an adult, difficult times come along when you least expect them. And the people you thought would be there disappear. That’s when you realise how lucky you are to have a sister.
7. She taught you to fight
Even the most staunch pacifist will one day find themselves in a confrontation situation. You might see someone being treated unfairly and feel the need to intervene. Someone might set on you for no reason and just when you think you’ve got no fight in you, a memory ignites. The sisterly fights, the hair pulling, the biting, the nails and the headlocks. And you remember that you can defend yourself, because your sister gave you strength.
8. She’s honest to a fault
If there’s one opinion you can trust, it’s your sister’s. She tells you when you’re in the wrong and lets you know when you look ridiculous. She meets your horrible boyfriend and immediately tells you to dump him. And at the time you hate her for it. But eventually you realise she was the one who had your best interests at heart, even when you didn’t.
9. She loves your children like they’re her own
Even when your darling children are behaving like spoilt brats, your sister still loves them. She’ll be there to babysit when you need a break because to her, they can’t put a foot wrong.
10. Seeing your sister when you’ve been apart is the best thing ever
As children, you might only be separated for a few hours. As adults it could be weeks, months or even years. But whatever the circumstances, there’s no better feeling than seeing your sister, your soul mate and your best friend.