Friday Postcards: Sisterly love in New York

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I love few people more than my sister. She’s my best friend, my rock when life gets crazy, and the one I call whenever I have good news to share. Unfortunately we live on opposite coasts. I see her once or twice a year at most. It’s not that we don’t want to see each other more, it’s just that money and time always seem to get in the way.

Imagine my delight when my sister announced she was going to meet me in New York while I was in the city to go to a travel show. I literally jumped for joy. She’d cleared her schedule, got herself a bus ticket (hooray for the Boltbus!) and came up for the night. Not only was I excited to see her, but this would be the first time I would be alone with my sister for 24-hours in almost five years. Yes people, five years! We both have kids, we both have husbands, and anytime I head east I stay with my parents. There is always someone around, or a small child who needs something from mommy.

Our 24-hours were spent catching up in our room at the Westin Grand Central, over sushi in midtown, and while sipping coffee next to Rockefeller Center. We went shopping, ate good food, saw an unexpected free art show in Grand Central Station, and had brunch with an old college friend. It was a short trip, but we packed in as much as possible.

As so many people have figured out out, it’s not the time you spend together, but the quality of that time. We made sure every second mattered. After a few tears we said good-bye as I hopped in a cab to the airport and she walked back to the bus terminal. It will be another six months before I head back east for a few weeks of family time with my boys. Who knows if we will get a free minute to ourselves, but we can always hope it will pop up again in the future.

Do you have someone you can never seem to get enough time with, but try to make every moment count when you do?

Sisterly love

Sisters together at last in New York


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  • Mary {The World Is A Book}

    Perfect post for National Siblings Day! Glad you got to spend some time with your sister even for a short 24 hours. It’s making the most of the time you have. Love the jumping shot! I don’t live anywhere near my childhood friends but we sneak away for a girlfriends’ getaway every year at various locations. And we make the most of those 3 days. I hope you get to spend more time with your sister when you go back.

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    I am so glad that you and your sister got to spend some alone time together. You definitely look like sisters. After living only a few hours drive from my parents for so long, living overseas has been really hard on us as we only see each other once or twice a year. I’d also love to do a girls getway with my friend who lives in Sonoma someday, or at the very least, get to finally visit Sonoma.

  • Kate @WildTalesof...

    What a touching post! And what a great trip to NYC! Sisters are the best. I don’t get to see my sister very much either (lives in NC), but love how we can pick up where we left off.

  • Nancie

    You two look so happy in that photo! What a great place to meet up with a loved one.

  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    Always great seeing Sisters together, I have 6 of them so the picture would be slightly more crowded! 🙂

  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    What a lovely treat to get to spend (adult) alone time together! It sounds like you guys made the most of every second, and NYC is a great spot to do just that!

  • Emily @ The Small Stuff Counts

    How awesome! I love sister bonding time. It’s simply the best. Stumbled upon your blog and am now following – can’t wait to hear about more of your travels!

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