Last evening, Emily came home from college. Annie stayed home and the girls hung out together. We could here them chatting, laughing, and even a tiny argument. It brought a huge grin on Sergio & myself. We love hearing the girls together. It is magic in the air.
It also brought me memories of my own sister and the closeness we shared. My daughters are 22 months apart. Julie and I are 24 months apart. Through the years we had highs and lows as did my girls. I did my best to keep them close. They were never forced rather encouraged. I made sure that they had their own time with their own friends, however, they had to always show each other respect. My Mom did the same with Julie and I.
As the years pass. Jealous peeks it's nasty head in every now and then, but also an incredible protective love. Then like magic, the relationship matures and it is an incredible loving friendship plus. I love watching the girls today at eighteen and twenty. I remember when Julie and I were this age. I was at Vincennes University in southern Indiana. Julie was way out at Brigham Young University in Utah! No email, no texting, no cell phones. All we had was snail mail and rare long distance phone calls. Then came marriage and children which brings a whole new dimension to closeness.
In the Fall, Annie will join her sister in Muncie to attend Ball State University. I am overjoyed! They will have each other. They are there for each other. Good sisters, close sisters!