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The Beauty of Sisters

Today, more than any other day I can remember, I thank God for my Sisters.  I was blessed to have been born with three sisters...Robyn, Kim and Kris....all my heroes from day one.  We lost Kris in an accident when she was only five years old and it left a hole in our hearts that will never totally be filled.  In my mind's eye, she will forever be 'Diane Penny, the ballerina' and be making 'cakes, pies and butterscotch'.  I have heard it said that sisters are the most competitive relationship within a family, but that once the sisters are grown, it then becomes the strongest bond.  After all the digging fingernails into my arm, locking me in the bathroom, tree climbing to get away from me, and spelling words in front of me to drive me crazy, Robyn and Kim are now two of my closest friends.  We have cussed together and cried together, laughed until we couldn't even remember what started the whole thing, shared our greatest triumphs and our biggest fears...and at the end of the day, whether they think I'm totally crazy or agree wholeheartedly, I know they'll have my back. When Kim married Jane several years ago, another wonderful sister was added to our family.  If I had been sent out into the world to handpick a sister-in-law, I can tell you I would have grabbed her and come running home fast, all the while looking over my shoulder and shooting at anyone who looked like they wanted to take her from me.  I am so thankful for the richness she has added to our family.

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Then, in 2011, I joined the Sisters on the Fly... and, just like that, I added over 2,500 sisters to my life!  Thank goodness, I didn't have to share one bathroom with all of them when I was growing up!  SOTF is a group of women who, among other things, share an interest in fly flshing, camping in awesome vintage trailers, wearing petticoats and boots (and sometimes they add pajamas into the mix.!), sharing stories around a campfire, raising money for Casting for Life, crafts of all kinds and, yes, even having a drink or two together.  These new sisters of mine are adorable and adventuresome,  bizarre and brave, conspirators and counselors, devious and diva-like, elusive and educational (oh, the things I learned!!!), flagrant and frivilous , gypsy-like  and gut-wrenching, hi-browed and hallucinogenic, irresistable and irreverent, jokesters and 'junksters', kindred spirits and kinky, liberating and lewd, martini drinking and majestic, notorious and naughty, over the top and opinionated, pranksters and petticoat wearers, questionable and queen-like, reliable and razor sharp, sarcastic and sadistic, tantilizing and terrifying, unbelievable and unruly, vibrant and versatile, worrisome and WAY out there, xtra special and xtra ordinary, young minded and yearning, zebra-print-wearing and zip lining.  They are amazing!!   I just got back from camping with about 90 of them in Branson a few weeks ago and it was so much fun meeting new sisters from all over the country and learning a whole passle of new bad habits.  If I told you about those in detail, I'm afraid I'd have to kill ya...so I won't.  But trust me, being in the Sisters on the Fly is like having a slumber party every day for the rest of your life...and wearing a petticoat and cute cowboy boots while you are doing it!  The fun never ends!

In conclusion, I think Barbara Alpert may have said it best......“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child.”   I agree with everything Barbara said, except the part about ever wishing I was an only child. 

Kyle 

 

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