“Sisters, Sisters”

Love White Christmas! I did a post of The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown last week.

“Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it become the strongest relationship.” – Margaret Mead

Do you know what it’s like to read a book and see so much of yourself? That’s what I felt when I read The Weird Sisters.

As I was reading this book, I saw a mirror into the relationship I have with my sister. And it wasn’t always a lovely image. Rose, the oldest sister is a control freak that thinks the family will fall apart without her there. Partly because she believes that, and partly because she’s afraid of being out of her comfort zone. Red flags! I am so like Rose that it drove me crazy reading about her. I wanted her to break out so that I would have hope to do the same.

What was worst was the way Rose treated her sisters, especially Bean. The competition between them was unnerving. I felt bad for both of them struggling with their secrets and not being able to communicate. Thankfully, my sister and I have a good enough relationship that we tell each other everything, even if it’s terribly exasperating. It often leads to arguments between us, but it’s hard for me to remember to be a friend, as well as a big sister. My sister doesn’t talk to me to look for judgment, but to look for support and excitement, and often, I have a negative reaction. Because of this book, I’m going to remind myself to be less judgmental and more positive and helpful.

The reason I love this book so much is that it reminded me of the kind of a relationship I want with my sister, and the kind of relationship I don’t want with my sister. If you don’t know what it’s like to have a sister, this book will certainly let you know. And if you have sisters, you’ll totally get it. And I still love the Shakespeare quotes everywhere!

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One response

  1. I’d really like to read this since I would approach it differently. I didn’t have a sister, but two brothers instead. I identify with being a control freak though so it’ll probably be an uncomfortable read for me too. 🙂

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