Monday, June 13, 2011

When You Don't Have A Sister

I can't imagine what it would be like not to have any sisters. 
Don't want to imagine it. 
Except that my only daughter didn't get any.

We haven't had any wars over clothes or brawls over best friends in our home. 
Fortunately Courtney has lots of girl friends to help with hair and fashion -- and aunts in the know too. We've brought friends on family trips and traveled with families whose kids match-up in ages ever since our first Disney Cruise when we caught Courtney sitting in the room 2-days in a row watching Hannah Montana because she didn't have anyone to hang out with. 

And while she doesn't have sisters, she does have three brothers.
And siblings are wonderful.

So, we've done our best and then again,
what you don't know, you don't necessarily miss. 
But still, a sister knows you. She's known you forever
and will be with you until the end. 
And understands about being a girl. And a mom. And a wife. 
And whatever comes next. And likes to talk and to share and to reminisce.

So fortunately, amazingly, Courtney has the next best thing to a sister.  
Her cousin--Kay. Who is only two years older. And is the oldest in her family. 
And has four little brothers but no sisters. 
And Kay's mom has 7 sisters.
So Kay's mom feels the same way I do about sisters. 
And so does Courtney's Gram, E.C.
And Courtney's Aunt, Jo Ellen, understands what it's like to be Courtney and Kay.  
Jo was the only girl with three brothers. 
And Gram was blessed with a sister, but her only sister died over 20 years ago. 

So this week Courtney is on her annual summer trip with Gram and Kay. 
This year Jo Ellen went too. They have a packed schedule seeing Chicago.
I'm sure there will be lots of laughs.

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