From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

November 4

This spring is my sister’s fortieth birthday. That means my fortieth can’t be far behind. Since my sister is only 18 months older than I am, I followed a year behind St. Vicki.

As the years went by, the 18-month gulf that separated us closed. Vicki was a voracious and indiscriminate reader. What she read set the scene for our dolls. When we packed them away, we shared boyfriends, makeup, accessories and clothes. The boyfriends we were generous with, but we got pretty vicious over the rest. Our most memorable battles were reserved for a black velvet choker, a mink hair bow, a pearlized snood and a tube of Bonne Belle white-white.

My sister has become my dearest friend, and today I am ashamed of the names I called her and the fits I pitched. All the same, I can’t help gloating that she’ll be 40 before I will.

If we should live so long, I’ll give her a mink hair bow for her eightieth birthday.

Rebecca Christian

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