When I walked in to the coffee shop I looked around. All I saw was a guy sitting at one of the tables, but then I heard, "Mel?" I looked over and there was my sister, Kim. I remember thinking, "We look nothing alike!" There she was short, petite, with long brunette hair - just beautiful.
It was hours before we felt like we were done talking, there was so much catching up to do. There were no awkward silences. It wasn't uncomfortable. It was as if we had known each other our whole lives.
By the end of our visit at the coffee shop Kim expressed that she wanted my husband and son to come meet her husband and kids the following day. So, the next day my husband, my son, and I went over to Kim's new house and met her beautiful family. We had a busy and exciting visit. There were so many new family members to get to know!
While we were there we took our first picture together.
In May of that year I took my son and we spent 5 days with my sister and her family. There was more bonding while sitting in the chaise lounge chair in her back yard, while taking walks, while going to the beach. We watched movies, we went to her kid's sports events, and we really got to know each other. We became best friends.
That year in October, she had her fifth child - a girl!
I became pregnant 6 months after her and we had our second child - a boy!
With as many kids as we both have our visits are not as frequent as we would both like. Therefore, we try to talk on the phone as often as possible "just to check in". When I'm having a hard time, I give her a call. She does the same. When I'm thinking of her, I send her a text. When I remember something funny I send her a message.
She was able to come to the 30th Birthday party that my best friends planned for me.
Growing up I never knew what it was like to have a sister.
Now I do.
Having a sister is having someone to talk to when you need a listening ear. Having a sister is having someone to tell your biggest secrets to. It's being able to laugh those deep belly laughs until you feel like your abs will bust, and your face is going to split open. It is knowing that someone cares about you even when you're annoying, brash, emotional, embarrassing, or loud.
Having a sister is more wonderful than I ever could have imagined. I feel so incredibly blessed that I not only have a sister, but that my sister is Kim. She is amazing. She inspires me to be a better person by her quiet strength and her loving spirit. I am beyond thankful that Kim is in my life.
I love you Kim. Thank you for being the sister I always wanted.