Conversations with my sister

When we were young, I was your bigger, braver sister.

And a little sillier too by the looks!

And a little sillier too by the looks!

Four years older, I took it upon myself to be your protector.

My earliest memory of us takes me back to the bedroom we shared in the mid-eighties. You were scared of the dark and would beg me to sing you to sleep. Lullaby after lullaby I would sing on demand. Sometimes I would even hop into bed with you until you drifted off.

I remember there used to be a big rush on at bath time on a Sunday night as we scrambled to get bathed and into our pjs before Young Talent Time. Mum would dress us in front of the TV as Johnny Young welcomed us to the show. You lived in fear that the kids on TV could see you getting dressed. I would tell you it was okay, while I was secretly scared they could see us too.

I remember that if you fell over at school and were inconsolable, the teacher would bring you to me. I would give you a cuddle and cheer you up and you’d be right as rain.

As we grew older, we became addicted to dance. We would choreograph routines in our bedroom. Whitney was a favourite and I’ll never forget the performance we did for the family to INXS’ Devil Inside.

I was a bit of a bossy boots in those days. Pushing you harder to do the steps like I had shown you, thinking I was the head dance teacher from Fame. You obediently followed my lead though. I rarely remember fighting.

I remember us playing Barbies for hours on end, having hula-hooping competitions, and seeing how many sit ups we could do in a row. I’ll never forget the time we did so many sit ups before the Take That concert that we could barely straighten our bodies out to walk.

When you turned 18, we hit the clubs together big time. We would walk into the Criterion, our favourite hangout, order a jug of beer … each … and dance up a storm.

Around this time, I noticed a change in our relationship. It wasn’t me taking the lead anymore. We had always loved each other as sisters, but our bond seemed different now. Perhaps it was because the age gap between us didn’t matter as much as it did when I was say 18 and you were 14. Our bond had become stronger. We were more like friends. We shared clothes and makeup and loved all of the same music and TV shows. We were tight.

Now, as wives and mothers our bond is the strongest it has ever been. You are the person I come to first for advice. You are kind, generous and compassionate, a good listener and a great friend. I admire everything that you have achieved in your life and I am so very proud of you.

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While I was once your bigger, braver sister, I am now your equal. Your sister, your friend.

Thanks for an amazing 32 years together. I can’t imagine life without you!

Today, I am linking up with always Josefa for Conversations over Coffee. Each month, Josefa opens up a link with a specific theme. This month’s theme was Conversations with my siblings. It’s always Josefa’s first bloggy birthday this week, so be sure to pop in and wish her congrats.

40 comments on Conversations with my sister

  1. Josefa @always Josefa
    September 26, 2013 at 6:45 am (4 years ago)

    What an incredibly beautiful post Renee. I’m sitting here with tears while I have my coffee. I am the older sister too, except our age gap is six years, so for a little while there in our teenage years our relationship wasn’t so close. Things certainly have changed now. The photos from this post and so awesome!! Love both and both are so very different! Thank you as always for linking up to #convocoffee and for your beautiful blog birthday wishes xx Josefa

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 7:44 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa! I really enjoy Conversations over Coffee. It’s such a great idea. I can’t believe I nearly missed it this month. I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water with the return to work xx

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  2. Emily
    September 26, 2013 at 7:44 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful post. I am loving this linky! You’ve brought back memories of choreographing routines with my cousin in much the same way.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 7:56 am (4 years ago)

      Those were the days, hey Emily?! πŸ™‚ I love this linky too. Josefa comes up with some great topics and I love reading everyone’s different take on them.

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  3. Me
    September 26, 2013 at 8:39 am (4 years ago)

    I got goose bumps reading this – I wish I had a sister to have this type of relationship with. I do envy you.
    Thank you for sharing those wonderful moments with us. I loved how you were both scared the people in the TV may see you getting dressed – that was just priceless !
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Linda. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I really do feel lucky. I hope my girls grow up to be as close πŸ™‚

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  4. Rach
    September 26, 2013 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

    This is such a beautiful post – loved the photos and love how close you are with your sister…just beautiful xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Rach. It was nice to take a trip down memory lane x

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  5. Bec | Mumma Tells
    September 26, 2013 at 11:26 am (4 years ago)

    There is so much beauty in this post Renee. What a gorgeous relationship you have. I hope your girls are just as lucky. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Aww thank you so much, Bec πŸ™‚ I hope the girls grow up to be close too. So far so good! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sam πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m very lucky.

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  6. Zanni Louise
    September 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Aw. Beautiful! I have a half sister, but she lives on the other side of the world πŸ™ Glad you guys have each other. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh that sucks, Zanni. At least you’ll have somewhere to stay if you go travelling πŸ™‚ x

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  7. Sam
    September 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous post! My ‘little’ sister is about to turn 33. Your post brought back similar memories of our childhood together πŸ™‚ Popping in from Weekend Rewind

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for dropping in,Sam πŸ™‚ There’s nothing like reminiscing is there? πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Becky πŸ™‚

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  8. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    September 27, 2013 at 12:03 am (4 years ago)

    Just beautiful Renee, I’m sure your sister had a little tear of happiness reading this. I have a sister, but as close as we are, we’re also completely different, so have nothing in common.
    Your friendship is lovely. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 27, 2013 at 6:22 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Lisa. It is funny how two people from the same family can be so different. I am seeing vastly different personalities in my girls already. Hopefully they will be close as they grow older xx

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  9. Susan
    September 27, 2013 at 1:33 am (4 years ago)

    What a loving heartfelt post – realized again sisters are special – did not have one , my 2 brothers did not DANCE!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 27, 2013 at 6:23 am (4 years ago)

      Lol, Susan. I’m sure you have millions of happy memories with your two brothers too even if they didn’t dance πŸ™‚

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  10. Adam E
    September 27, 2013 at 2:24 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful post Ren. x

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  11. Katie (@mumabytes)
    September 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous post, Renee! I relate to it so much – except I was the younger sister, and my sister was four years older. We were just the same – sleeping in the same bed for years, hitting the clubs, all of it. In many ways my older sister was like my mother. Looks like you’ve done a great job as the big sis – well done! Katie xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Katie. Great to hear from someone who was the younger sister and with the same age gap too. Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your sister too xo

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  12. Grace
    September 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful post! That’s such a special sisterly relationship you have there! x

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  13. Lila
    September 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Such a lovely post, it must be so lovely to have that sister bond.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lila. It really is lovely πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Lila. It really is πŸ™‚

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  14. Emma @ Five Degrees of Chaos
    September 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww, this is the kind of relationship I hope my girls grow up to have with each other. They love to dance together too! My sister and I weren’t close growing up as there’s 5 years between us in age, but as we got older the gap seemed to disappear and now we’re really close.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m glad to hear you’re close now, Emma. I love reading about your girls. They are all so cute!

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  15. Shelley @ Money Mummy
    September 28, 2013 at 8:30 am (4 years ago)

    Wonderful post! Took me straight back to playing Young Talent Time with my sister! Thanks for a great post!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 28, 2013 at 11:07 am (4 years ago)

      Oh we had that game too, Shelley!! Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

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  16. Elisa {With Grace & Eve}
    September 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm (4 years ago)

    So beautiful Renee. I’m a bit teary after reading this. Very close to my sisters, and you have me reminising xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Aww that’s lovely, Elisa. Thank you. I’m glad it brought back some happy memories for you x

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  17. Alicia
    October 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Having little sisters myself, this is such a touching post. Wonderful photos of the both of you too πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Alicia. I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  18. Bec @ The Plumbette
    September 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so beautiful Renee. How special to grow up with a sister. I hope my three girls will have a similar bond as you have with your sister. xx

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