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The Gift Of A Sister

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As we drove along, mum at the wheel, my sisters and I fought. I’m sure it was like any other family around Australia. It didn’t matter how long the trip was, it could be just to the corner store, or the regular three hour trip we made to Sydney to visit my Nanna. The radio played, the wind in our hair {because air conditioning was a luxury in cars back then}, us four kids all packed in together.

“You’re on my side!” one of us would bellow when the other had crept a little too far into the other’s territory. “You touched me!” the other would scream in retaliation. It was the usual sibling stuff.

My girls have suddenly reached that beautiful age where they’ve started to do the same, and I’m that mum at the steering wheel trying to referee the petty arguments in the back seat. The disagreements are fleeting, but all consuming. You know you’ve reached your peak parenting moment when you’ve got one child complaining, “She looked at me!” and the next thing is you’re begging both children to not look at each other for at least two minutes, PLEASE.

Those moments are fleeting though, and the good outweighs those little speed-humps. For me, there’s no greater gift than the gift of a sister. When I was pregnant with Lulu people often told me that they hoped it was a boy I was carrying, so that I could have the perfect pigeon pair. I just hoped for a healthy baby, and secretly knew it would be a girl, and was excited that Lacey would be given that great gift of a little sister, and a friend for life.

I loved having sisters {and my brother too, of course!} growing up. It was awesome always having someone to play with, to create with, and to make up silly dances with too, of course. I love that we got to make all the silly memories together, unaware that we’d be laughing about them and reliving them so many decades later.

I love knowing that my daughters will always have a very special bond. They’ll make their own little friends in life, but they’ll always come back to each other. They’ll be each others protectors, confidants, nurturers, carers and truth-tellers {because there is no one better to tell you how it really is than a sister, right?}.

I feel lucky. Lucky to have two of my own beautiful sisters who I adore and call my best friends. Lucky to also be a mum to my own two girls. I feel like I got the best of both worlds.

Looking back to all of those car rides we took as kids, arguing about sides and sitting too close to each other, I know that it was all true. My sisters are on my side, and they have touched my heart… and I am grateful for that. Always. There’s nothing better than the gift of a sister.

My girls got to try out the new My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle, and I have to say it’s one of the most beautiful toys they’ve ever owned, and I’ve ever seen myself. She sings, tells beautiful stories and gives friendship advice. Her unicorn horn lights up, she responds to sound and touch, flutters her wings, and says 90+ phrases. I have one Princess Twilight Sparkle up for grabs for one lucky family, so they can experience the magic that this beautiful My Little Pony is.

To be in the running to win, head over to Facebook – click here to get started!

What’s your special bond with your sister?