Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sista, Sista!!

I believe that the greatest blessings in our lives are the people that God has put in it. With that being said, I am the luckiest, most blessed person in the world! One of those blessings is my cousin, Anna. I realized that I haven't shared much about Anna on my blog yet. Which is crazy because, other than my hubby and mom, she is the closets person to me in my life. She's my best friend, was my maid of honor, is a sister to me. She's my "Annie" (I'm the only one who can call her that) and my "Anward" (special nickname given my my husband, Edward. And yes, they call me "Marnward"). We speak our own language. No seriously, we do. We have so many neologisms that no one seems to understand our conversations. We are as close as it gets. Edward and Annie's boyfriend have accepted it. What's not to love about having us tied to the hip (yes, that time it was figuratively). 

Being family and all, Anna has been in my life since day one.... well since the day she was born. She is 2 years younger than me :) But we have been through ups and downs in our relationship. When we were young ones, we were best buds. Then we went through some weird phase where I was the cooler, older one and didn't want to be around her. She just wanted to hibernate and read books. Seems like the big sister / little sister relationship.. eh? And then one day... when I was around 16, that all changed. She wasn't just that annoying "little sister" anymore. She was my best friend. I don't really know what changed it for us. Almost like it happened overnight. 

The hard thing is I don't get to see her all the time. In fact, I'm lucky if I see her more than twice a year. She lives in Ohio. Not the quickest weekend drive from New Orleans. But we talk every day. However it seems like every birthday or Christmas present involves one of us getting to go visit the other. When we are together, it's like little girls getting giddy with the best friend. Even though we are both mid-twenties, working ladies. 

Being the only girl in my family, 6 brothers and no sisters, Anna really is the little sister that I never had. We laugh, argue, gossip, go to each other for advice, disagree, cry (well she cries), the list goes on.... Our relationship has no boundaries. Take a glimpse at the two blondies together :)

Just wanted to share a little about this person in my life who I am so blessed to have. I hope each of you have an "anam cara" like I do. Anam Cara? According to Wikipedia it means "soul friend".... "a person to whom you can reveal your hidden intimacies of your life. The friendship is an act of recognition and belonging. Your friendship cuts across all conventional and category...."

Yes Annie... I did just dedicate a whole post to you. And beware, there will be more to come ;) 
LOVE YOU SISTA!!!!




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11 comments:

Allie @ Tales of a TwentySomething said...

Your Anna is the same person as my cousin Sam. Sam and I are two months and 4 days apart. She is my best friend and will be the person who is my maid of honor on my wedding day. I had one brother growing up, so she filled the sister spot. All of my cousins and I were raised more like siblings than cousins and did the usual fighting and arguing thing after too much time together, but now, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm glad to see that other people are close with their cousins! Most people think I'm crazy for even KNOWING my cousins, much less being best friends with them!

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Cute story Mary! I feel the same way about not having a sister. You are lucky to have Anna! She looks just like you too! Is she on your Mom's side? She just resembles your Mom a bit more.
Loved this!

Cari said...

What a sweet post. I have an older sister who lives in AL but we are definitely like this!

Helene said...

oh what beautiful sisters!!! what a sweet post!

Karla said...

Awww you both are gorgeous!! Also.. I know you mentioned that we should have gotten emails about the secret santa swap. I havent gotten one yet, and I am definitely very interested in doing it! My email is karlasypek@gmail.com. Thanks Mary!! :-)

Kimberly Bonham said...

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frikken DUCKIE said...

I love this post! My sister and I are 7 years apart so we were never really that close growing up. It wasn't until I moved back home for a little bit that we were able to really connect.

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Sammantha said...

beautiful. absolutely beautiful! you are so blessed!

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Megan said...

This post reminds me so much of me and my cousin, Lee Anne. We are 2.5 months apart, we grew up together, and although we now live very far apart, we have always been the best of friends. When we were about 5, we decided to tell our parents that we weren't cousins anymore, just friends, bc our little 5 year old selves had determined that that was even better :-)

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Megan said...

This post reminds me so much of me and my cousin, Lee Anne. We are 2.5 months apart, we grew up together, and although we now live very far apart, we have always been the best of friends. When we were about 5, we decided to tell our parents that we weren't cousins anymore, just friends, bc our little 5 year old selves had determined that that was even better :-)

I'm a new follower and also a new blogger! I love reading your blog, and I'd love it if you'd stop by and visit my new (and very much under construction) blog.

Have a great day!
Megan
www.neitherherenorthere-megan.blogspot.com

Raising Reagan said...

That's so amazing...I love having a true friendship like that.
My sister and I were never close growing up (7 years difference) but now...we are the best of friends and I love her to death.
It's so great that we have these kind of people in our lives!

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