Relationship Series: Sisters


“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. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child.” — Barbara Alpert

By: Allie, creator of Mod Broad and a sister

This series is about all the relationships in our lives; from parents, to friends, to romantic relationships, to co-workers, to siblings. I thought we'd start it off with something near and dear to my heart and that is the sister relationship.

I am the oldest of three girls. Me and my sisters are all 2 to 2.5 years apart. My mom always told us how rare and special the sister relationship can be but we would always shrug and think, "Sure, but..." It wasn't until I reached my 20's and leaned more and more on my sisters did I realize how right she was. I equate having a sister to always carrying around a light jacket. Some days all you need is that light jacket because it's just cold enough and you want something comforting and warm. Other days you don't need the jacket but you know it's there if the need arises. And some days the jacket drives you absolutely crazy because you're constantly worried you're going to forget it somewhere or you just don't have enough arms to carry a jacket and the 5,000 other things you're holding in that moment. But when it all comes down to it, you'd always rather have a light jacket than have no jacket at all. 

My sisters know me almost too well. They can read the tone of my voice, the hard lines of my face (even and especially when I try to hide them), and know when all I need is a good laugh. We can go days and weeks without speaking and never question our loyalty or care for one another. We each know we would drop anything to be there for each other no questions asked. There is an intimacy that comes with knowing a person your whole life (literally) and watching them grow. You want to cheer them on, teach them, get angry, and protect them from every evil thing in the world. It's a best friend that knows your soul and loves the truest, ugliest, and most beautiful parts of you. 

I don't deserve the sisters that I have but I thank God for them everyday. 

Quotes from sisters

Steph (older sister): "Being an older sister is one of the things I'm most proud of. I really do have two built-in best friends, when we're not "borrowing" each others clothes. They look up to me and they really do learn from my mistakes. I'm able to say, "Hey, I've been there" and there's a solid trust built in. I love how our relationship is so foundational to who we all are, because we were raised together and have all those shared experiences. They can call me out but they're also the ones always cheering me on. "

Katie (younger sister): "Having an older sister as a role model throughout my life has been marvelous and fascinating. We have grown up together and she's seen every side of me. I strive to be as kind, strong, and loving as she is. Watching her become a mother made us closer than ever. I love her little family and am so lucky to be her sister and her children's auntie KK."

How would you describe your relationship with your sister?