Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sister's Day From Saudi

The first Sunday in August is Sister's Day, which means today!  So here's a shout out to my sisters...

...both of whom probably have no idea it's Sister's Day because they lead busy lives back in Kiwiland with work, and partners and growing families to worry about and cart here and there.  Whereas I have abandoned my children to fend for themselves (OK, so my baby is 28 this year and the kids were probably happy to see me go!) so I can swan about in Saudi Limbo Land, spending my days surfing the internet and then spilling what I discover into a blog post.  And I discovered today is Sister's Day.

Being so far away from the whanau allows me to think of my sister's fondly in the wee small hours of a Ramadan morning.  I can forget about those times we got on each others nerves, fought, disagreed and threw each other's things out the window in fits of ugly un-sisterlyness!  Ah yes, we laugh about that now.

A few tales of our sisterly love have been passed on to my Saudi friends who, being inquisitive about we foreigners, asked if we spend a lot of time together as a family like they do, shopping and chatting and visiting and gossiping.  I just don't have it in me to fluff up our sisterly growing pains in pretty pink feathers to the strains of The Sound of Music.  My sisters and I are definitely not three peas in a pod.  More like ones a pea, ones a lettuce and ones a frikken pumpkin!

That doesn't mean I don't love my sisters, of course I do, they're my sister's.  We share genes!  In all likelihood we'll wind up sharing the same old folks home getting on each other's wick there, too.  But for now I'll think about the way we support each other in tough times and laugh like completely silly chooks in fun times.  If you have sisters, send them extra love vibes today.

Ka Kite,

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