My girls have been fighting a lot lately. I guess I kind of get it. For six years they have done everything together, including their simultaneous conception. Kind of crazy if you let yourself think about it. Two eggs? Both fertilized? Are you kidding me?
They shared a crib when they first came home from the hospital. We kept them that way as long as we could until they started rolling onto each other. It didn't matter how far apart we placed them, they aways seemed to find one another by the morning.
After six years, I think they've only spent one night apart. And so, they are getting on each others nerves. And that gets on my nerves. But even in the midst of all the nerve bothering, these girls need one another. Even at six, they are deeply and sweetly connected.
It also makes me think of my own sister. She is almost four years older than I am. Funny how back then, those almost four years meant I thought braces were cool and I was a tag-a-long and she got to do everything.
I already regret including this picture. She's the one with the cool braces. I'm the . . . other one. We used to live in the same town, 14 houses apart. But now she's a two hour drive away, and I miss her. I don't like our town as much without her in it. And that makes me think about my girls and how they are together almost too much, but how when they grow up, they won't be.
My sister writes for (in)courage, too. It is one more way we stay connected these days. Over the past year, I have been so incredibly blessed by this community of women who read and write for (in)courage. Your honesty, support for one another, and general fantasticness make this online beach house one of the safest places in blogland.
If you don't have a sister, hopefully you are able to find some level of sister-hood in this space. Because just like my fighting twins, we need each other. We need our online people and our real life people and our sister people. It can get ugly out there, so to know there is a beautiful community of women like you gathering here in this place is a great comfort.