I am a person who didn’t necessarily get on with people, especially females, off the bat. The smiles and hellos and how are yous were me being cordial and not me wanting to be life long friends or even acquaintances for that matter. I could be very guarded and stone faced if I don’t know you or am not comfortable upon the first greeting. I have gotten much better throughout the years and have been more open and definitely more kind. You know, trying to lead by example so my kids don’t go around muggin’ everybody.
I went to an all girls high school where many alpha females were in attendance and honesty, loyalty, and respect were lacking. We didn’t like each other for the most meaningless reasons, then got along well after a retreat or something, right back to hating each other all over just because of much hearsay. Hella hearsay. Oh, high school! But we were kids. We didn’t know better. At the time, people giving us advice were our peers who were going through the same things and you just learn to Trust. No. One.
Fast forward to adulthood and marriage. When you marry a person with siblings you gain sister in laws. Women you must learn to love and/or at least to understand and respect. Thank God, I got good ones. We try to spend as much time together as we can. We laugh. We gab. We cling together at family parties. Most importantly, we are there for one another. I grew up with a brother so having sisters in laws that I actually like is treat for me! Ha!
Of course, as in every tight group, there are misunderstandings, miscommunication, and disagreements but we are sisters by marriage but very much friends by choice. We are all alpha females in our own right and still get along quite well. We enjoy each other’s company. We respect each other, support each other and we sincerely love each other. They came with the marriage and our friendship is also very much til’ death do us part.
“She stands firmly on her own two feet and I just behind her; should she ever need me.”