I never had a biological sister. My mom was only able to produce me, so I grew up an only child. A part of me would have liked a sister while growing up, though, honestly, siblings were never something I thought about all that much as a child or even a teenager. I had my parents' attention and all my needs were met. Though I was far from spoiled, I lived a comfortable, very happy life. As I've grown older, there have certainly been times when a sister would have come in handy, like when my grandfather passed away, during my mom's kidney transplant, and the at birth of my son. I've been lucky enough to have a very tight couple of girl friends and they are as close to me as a sister could ever be.
However, about a year ago, I realized I'd entered into a special sisterhood of women without even realizing it--my internet friends. I started a blog to keep my friends andfamily up to date on my life, then I started reading other people's blogs and realized it was a great way to network with other women with similar interests. My first timid comments on my favorite blogs eventually turned into more confident comments, which turned into conversations with other bloggers, which led to emails, which led to my eventual first IRL meet-up with a blog friend. Today, more than 2 years after I wrote my first blog post, I am lucky enough to have a strong network of women who are more than just contacts and casual acquaintances--they are my friends. They are my sisterhood.
The beautiful thing about the internet is that it's there for you 24 hours a day. Posts don't go away, unless the author chooses to delete them or the internet eats them, so unlike IRL, you can go back to a blog post and read it over and over again. The sisterhood of women i have found has gotten me through a lot, especially in the past year. We have gone through pregnancy, labor, delivery, c-sections, crippling post-partum depression (some of us), our first year of motherhood and countless life-changing events together. A subject one of us chooses about on one day may be exactly what's going on with 4 more of us the very next day We understand each other in a way our husbands can't comprehend. We celebrate together, cry together, commiserate together and laugh together. We cheer for each other and our families. We exchange pictures and stories about our kids and we offer one another advice. If that's not the definition of a sister, I don't know what is.
My husband, son and I relocated from NYC to Alabama last year. We moved to a community where we did not have a built-in support system and we've had a harder time than we'd imagined we would making friends. I went from working at the top of my profession in New York to being a stay-at-home mom. I adore staying home with my son, but there are days when I physically ache due to lack of female companionship.
Enter my Blog Sisters.
These women, my friends, are always just a click away, eagerly awaiting my arrival with a funny story, a cute picture, or just a post that says "I get it."They support me in my comments section and my email inbox. They encourage me to keep my chin up. They send thoughts and prayers when my family is sick. They are some of the best people I've ever met.
If you are one of the women I've gotten to know through blogging, I want to say "thank you." Your friendship means the world to me and some days, your posts are what gives me the little push I need to perk up and push through my day. I hope someday to meet each and every one of you IRL and give you the big ol' southern-accented hug you deserve.
This post is an entry for a sponsorship from the Sister Project to the Type A Mom Conference in Asheville, NC in September. The Sister Project is a movement of women who blog, share their art, and share their passions, celebrating sisterhood.