I was having a discussion with my brother this afternoon about my daughters. They will be visiting with my family this weekend and may spend some time around the family issues I've blogged about recently. As I expressed concern for how comfortable they might be, my brother remarked:
"As long as they have each other, they'll be fine."
I had to agree.
I have a photo of my daughters on my desk at work in a frame that says, "The very best of sisters". In the photo, taken well over two years ago, they are embracing, face to face.
When others see this photo, they remark at the absolute cuteness of it. They'll also ask, "Are your daughters really that close?"
Yes. Yes they are.
As a working single mother whose tasks far outnumber the hours in the day, my daughters have had to entertain each other, work things out together, fight and play together. Most of the time that they have problems that need solved - little things like opening the jar of peanut butter or big things like how to handle girl drama - I beg them to rely on each other.
I used to joke with Rose, when Grace was just a baby, that I had her sister just for her, so that she could have a playmate.
I think I've also mentioned that Rose knew that I was pregnant with Grace long before I took a pregnancy test to confirm. One day, my sweet 2-year old approached me, quite non-chalantly, and announced, "Mommy, you have a sister in your belly."
And thus their connection was made.
When Gentleman Jack was over with his boys, I noticed my daughters leaning on each other, supporting each other, having each others' back. Jack even remarked that the girls were conniving against the boys. They kept a united front. They didn't fight at all.
I see this at their preschool/daycare that they'll be attending all summer. Even though they have different classes and different friends, at the end of the day, when they're the last few there, they play together like old friends.
I wonder if they'll be those sisters who fight with each other, challenge each other, give each other grief, but don't you dare step in to cause strife. They will more than likely pair up and take you down.
I love how they love and support each other. Sisterhood is one of the beautiful things in life that I have been fortunate to experience. Sadly, my sister and I are on the outs as she struggles through her divorce and personal battles.
I feel a little disconnected. I feel like I'm not okay because "we don't have each other." I can only assume she feels the same way.
I hope that changes soon. Until then, I'm going to enjoy the beautiful friendship I see developing right before my eyes.
Thanks to Jolene for inspiring this with her own "sisters" post.