My age difference from my siblings was somewhat of a hindrance when I was small. I think they tired of me easily. Teenage girls don't want to play with a six year old. They weren't unkind, and many times they would entertain me with a pretend circus, or a maze made with a hoe in the front yard, sometimes if I was really lucky Darcey would take me with her to SanManuel and I could hang out with her and her friends. When each of my sisters left for college I cried and cried because I would miss them so much, but I truly didn't understand the value of a sister until I was older. When the years seemed not to matter as much, when I seemed to catch up and have more in common with them. I am so lucky to have that built in friendship, the kind you don't have to work so hard for. It's just there naturally. No time passes from when you speak to one another. No judgment passed. Calls that come when you need them most. The I was just thinking about you kind, that only someone who really cares about you could make. Knowing no matter what, no matter where, there will be someone to love you someone to be your friend, because they know you so well, and still love you and all of your ramblings. They excuse your faults and praise your strengths. And my life has truly been blessed because I have sisters.