Family in Fiction: My Sisters- Melissa and Jaramie

It’s been awhile since I have done one of these but every book that I have read recently don’t seem to have connections with the people who I know and love. But when this book came around I was thrilled and touched to be talking about the two most important people in my life; my sisters. God has blessed/cursed me with two younger sisters Melissa and Jaramie; this of course depends on the day and my attitude towards them and their attitude towards me. The relationship between sisters is sometimes challenging, strange, and funny but most of all it can give someone love, encouragement, strength, and a deeper connection than anyone could ever hope for. The book that allowed me to reflect on my relationship between these two lovely ladies is the book Sister by Rosamund Lupton.

               The book is about a woman named Beatrice who gets a call from her mother telling her that Tess, her sister, has gone missing. Beatrice drops her life to return home in hopes to finding her with the help of the police and her sister’s friends. During this journey Beatrice soon comes to find that she doesn’t know as much as she thought about her sister; she had secrets and Beatrice soon realizes that she wasn’t there for her as she should have been. When all those around her have given up hope of finding Tess ever again, Beatrice doesn’t. It is that bond between two sisters that is so strong it gives Beatrice the strength that she needs and the hope that she will see her sister once more. This thriller novel is touching, shocking, exciting and thought-provoking to allow the reader to think with the character and solve the mystery. It was with this novel that got me thinking about my two sisters.

(Jaramie and Melissa, in hat shop in London)

There is a picture of them…aw… don’t they look sweet…don’t be fooled, I know what they are really like! Melissa, the one on the right, is the one I am closest with out of the two of them. We are close in age, life experiences, friends but most of all we have a great friendship. Melissa is the one person I can always count on; she is my rock, when I think my life is crumbling around me I know she will be there to help me get through it. She will always listen to what I have to say, even if I am just rambling. She is the person that I share 90% of my secrets with (there are some things she doesn’t need to know), she knows me sometimes better than I know myself. We have laughed together, cried together, attempted to make grilled cheeses together, made fun of Jaramie on endless occasions together, and I know that till the day I give my last breath that she will always be there for me.  Jaramie and I, on the other hand, have not had such a great relationship. Growing up there was a lot of fighting going on between us and sometimes it would last for days, and sometimes it got really ugly. But even though the beginning of our friendship was rocky, it is much better now. Jaramie is such a beautiful, funny, smart, warm-hearted person that I know I wish I was a bit more like. She is always able to see the good in others and she makes friends with anyone she meets, she is never judgmental and those are all qualities I strive to have more in my life. We are able to laugh together, hangout, occasionally make fun of Melissa together, and share experiences and stories with one another like we couldn’t do before. I am thankful to have them both in my life and even if we do not live under the same roof anymore they are always in my thoughts and in my heart.

               This book shows one sister’s dedication to her own sister, even if it may be too late for her. If my sisters were ever to go missing I know I would be crushed and would do as this sister had done which was anything in my power to find her. They are the perfect friend that any girl would love to have; they are sweet, caring, funny, charming, sometimes bossy, a bit obnoxious, could talk your ear off if you let them, but even with all those qualities they are perfect to me. I wouldn’t change them for the world and even if when we talk, they are the ones usually doing it, but I am more than willing to listen. If my sisters do not know already then let me say it now: I love you, I always will and I am here for you from the thick and the thin. Whatever you need, I will be there, and I will comfort you when you need comforting and make you laugh when you are sad because those are things you do for me. I do not know what life would be like if I didn’t have either of you in it so thank you for being you and for being my sister.

               If you have a sister then you should read this book and then call her! Or better yet just call her now and tell her that you love her! Sisters are amazing people so do not take yours for granted.

(Us on the London Eye- Me, Jaramie & Melissa)

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