Keep in touch! That’s the cardinal rule of sister relationships. It’s the responsibility conferred when friendship is offered or accepted. Contact is especially appreciated by friends who are aging and slowing down. You recognize how vulnerable your sister circle is as you watch it shrink.
The digital age offers so many opportunities for staying in touch; texts, e-mails, facetime, zoom, social media with its glorious array of catch-ups, and of course handwritten notes that speak from the heart.
I started thinking about the impact of sisters in my life, and this story developed.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A sister is never farther away than needing her can reach.
She can be a blood relative . . . or a sister through marriage or someone who has become like a sister over time.
The women in your life are there to laugh with you and cry with you, to cheer when you rise and soften the blow when you fall – – – loving without judgment or envy or blame.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley’s end. Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you….or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters. mothers, aunts, nieces, grandmothers – they all bless our life!
And as the years go by, that bond means even more. It becomes more precious each day. You can’t turn back the clock, but you can rewind it – with help from the sisters in your life.
Don’t take them for granted. Cherish them. Tell them how you feel about them and how they make you feel.
Don’t let another week go by without sharing with them how much you love them and appreciate them.
P.S. Loneliness becomes a major issue as the years pile up. Hearing from a sister is a joyful antidote. If your life is still busy, it might be tempting to just skip reaching out today. Your older sisters in particular are worth the effort to keep in touch. Think I’ll jot a note off right now. How about you?