sister diaspora

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tomorrow my sister comes home from a week of training in Texas, and then she'll move to Indiana to begin her term as a MVS worker (Mennonite Voluntary Service) I'm excited for her opportunity, but...

In the next few weeks, my other sister will be moving even further south - an hour away instead of 40 minutes. It doesn't seem like much, except that this particular move means that she won't be coming up our way for school or work anymore. Even when she lived 40 minutes away, the bulk of her life was still in our area. That changes this year. An hour isn't super far, but...

Something about a sister, even when we piss each other off, is just different than any other relationship. I'm going to miss it. My kids are going to miss it. I'm pretty sure my husband has no idea how much he's going to wish they still lived here, if only for the relief it gives him from all my problems and ideas and talking....which I can currently do with my sisters.

For a few days this week, I also thought that one of my sisters-in-law was moving as well. Not cool. I would only have ONE sister-in-law left. Now that their opportunity didn't pan out, I feel guilty for being glad that she's not moving away. I'm extremely thankful that I will still have sisters-in-law here. I depend on them as well. I'm ever so grateful that I am friends with my family.

But here's the lesson: I need my sisters. I'm going to miss them. I'm not doing as well with all of this as I had hoped to. I'm sure it's multiplied by the facts that my life is about to change significantly. In my head. Lots will look the same on the outside, but this particular chapter of my life is about to be over. What will the next chapter look like? I have no earthly idea, but what I do know is that I'd rather my sisters be in it.

Here are some of our favorites. You might not think they're funny. You might not enjoy them at all. But sisters, they get you.

Unicorns and Carman. Favorite things.

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