Ever seen the movie In Her Shoes? It's based off of a novel about 2 sisters. It's one of my favorite movies and when I saw that it was on TV last night, my rear end took up residence on the couch. As an avid reader, it's rare that I like a movie based off of a book, but this one does a great job of capturing the essence of the relationship and portraying it. It's about 2 sisters (Rose and Maggie) who are very different, but so much a part of each other. They have a falling out and don't speak for several months during which time you watch each sister grow up a lot, but they come to realize that they are never truly happy without each other. At one point Rose is talking to her fiance and she tells him (not an exact quote): if you decide to marry me, she will make your life a living hell. You will beg me to cut her out of our lives or even kill her. But I won't. Because without her, I don't make sense. I understand how Rose feels when she makes that statement. Not because my sisters make anyone's life hell (I actually have the two best sisters on the planet), but because I would choose my sisters over anyone else. Without them, I don't make sense. They are my past, my history, my childhood. They have seen me at my best and my worst. They have been there through every accomplishment, every challenge, every failure. They have loved me no matter what. With them I can solve all the world's problems, or at least we try to (always over coffee or a good cocktail). They support and encourage me. They know my dreams and my fears, my quirks, my habits, my flaws. And even though life changes and we grow up and get married and have families, I can't imagine a future without them in it. Unless you have sisters, you probably can't truly appreciate the depth of the movie. It makes me cry every time I watch it. Not just at the end, which is really touching, but throughout the movie. Whenever there is one of those "sister moments". They look at each other a certain way and you can feel the silent communication between them. In college, we used to play this board game called Taboo. You have a word that you try to get your partner to say, and a list of 5 words that you can't use to get them to say it. Whenever my sister and I were on a team together, it was like we could read each other's thoughts. I'd say.. remember that time, and she would shout out the correct answer. We won every time.
So today as I'm feeling a little sentimental (mark it on your calendar, doesn't happen very often), I'd like to say a little prayer of thanks for my sisters. Life would not be the adventure it is without them.