As someone who's had a little sister for over two decades so far, I can definitively say that it is a great thing. More than great, in fact. It is excellent. (Shout out to brothers! I have one of those, too, and I will write an article about how much fun that is at another juncture.) A sister is a unique person in your life — in so many ways she is more than your best friend. She's your sister! Get it? It's another level of friendship and trust and allegiance entirely. So this is for all the siblings out there who relate to having and being a sister. I'm sure yours are great. Mine is the best, though. But yours are cool, too. These are the greatest things about being best buds with your sister.
1. Having someone to FaceTime or call or text literally whenever
This week, my little sister FaceTimed me because she went to go pick up a salad for dinner and they said it would take 15 minutes. First of all, 15 minutes for a salad?!?! Second of all, I’m so glad she called so we could lament the long salad-making time together and generally catch up while she waited.
Having a sister is like having an entertainment system that’s related to you and listens to all your crap. It’s fantastic.
2. Having someone to bounce ideas off of with no fear of judgment
“I’m thinking of getting bangs.”
“What if I start wearing graphic t-shirts?”
“Can you see me in a pilates class?”
All questions that sisters will answer honestly and without judging you so hard for your questionable choices. There’s really no way to explain how valuable this is.
3. Having someone to tell you the truth, always, no matter how much it hurts
In the same vein, your sister who is also your best friend can be brutally honest with you (and vice versa), and it won’t hurt your feelings because you know it’s coming from a place of love. When you trust that your sister has your best interests at heart, it feels good to hear the truth, even if it’s not necessarily what you want to hear in the moment.
4. Having someone to call/vent to in your not-finest moments
When you’re a blubbering, crying mess, sometimes you feel self-conscious about going to your friends or your parents. That’s what a sister’s for, baby! You don’t have to feel embarrassed about screaming and sad-drooling at the same time in front of your sister because she knows you. She’s seen it all.
5. Having someone to talk to about things you can't share with your parents or the rest of your family
As the daughter of a Jewish mother, I spend a lot of time complaining to my mom, but there are some things I can’t bring to her (like complaints about her — of which there are none, obviously, gosh!!). But whether it’s an annoying relative or an old classmate that recently got married and had a bonkers wedding, my sister is there to understand.