In My Corner

It is quickly becoming my new favourite photograph.

It went like this: my sister and I were strolling the streets of downtown Calgary, enjoying the most perfect weather known to the country, when we noticed a banner strung up above a barricaded street: OUTDOOR EXPO, it read, and with that, we were sold.

We love a good expo, my sister and me.

So we meandered our way over to the expo, taking note of how nice it was not to have to hold any hands while crossing the road.

The expo was kind of a bust, as far as expos go. A few street vendors, a couple poverty-stricken musicians (one on the accordion, though, so no complaints there), and that was about it. Still, we couldn’t help but enjoy the almost San Diego boardwalk feel of the day—it was lovely, we were happy, and life was good.

Then, out of the corner of our eyes, we noticed these tulips in Olympic Plaza. They were just, I don’t know, BURSTING forth with springtime exuberance or something. We were powerless to resist; we had to stop and capture them, to remember the day.

The crowning cherry on that strawberry milkshake and whipped cream of a day:

For anyone who’s never had a sister—or worse, for anyone who’s had a sister and not had the fortune to be close—I am truly sorry. Sisters are wonderful gifts—ready-made friends and confidants. I don’t tell my sister everything, but I tell her every thing that matters. Together, we discuss theology, politics, family dynamics, womanhood, motherhood, humanhood, Life.

She has always been there in my corner, to quote Sarah Harmer (one of my favourite musicians, you should look her up).

And I got up in the ring because I had you there in my corner…

Sappy? Sure.

True? Absolutely.

Do you have a sister? Do you love her? Hate her? Were separated from her at birth? Please tell me, I must know.

**p.s. Come back later tonight for Saturday Steals! For those of you who thoughtfully participated in last week’s pathetic excuse for a Saturday Steal, I will be linking up your previous contributions to this week’s list. Don’t let that deter you from writing a new post, though!**

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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11 Responses to In My Corner

  1. Shesten says:

    *sigh* I wish I had a sister. When I was younger, I always prayed hoping God would take my brother back and give me a sister.

    It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve come to appreciate having a brother. I wouldn’t trade him for a sister, but I still wish I had one.

  2. Chloe says:

    I don’t have a sister, but a brother. At first, he was my confidant, but now we’re not so close… You know, we’ve grown up and there’re things we keep for ourselves… But I really love him. We are very good friends and we help each other. ALWAYS.

  3. Jordan says:

    Oh yes, I have a sister! We’ve been close since we were little, even though we’ve spent the last 7 years living in different states (which I guess is still better than living in different countries). I was visiting her the other week and my brother-in-law noted how in tune we are with one another; only 20 minutes into my visit and we were already saying the same words and acting the same way- just like “ok, this is what we’re doing now”. I like that, it makes me realize the special connection that only we could ever have.

  4. Alaina says:

    I do have a sister, and I consider her to be one of my best friends. I tell her everything, and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her. Such a great post!

  5. this fact about you (having only a sister and no brothers) makes me feel close to you.
    i have three sisters, myself… and i am very much the youngest of them. we are a bit too similar to “little women”… all the adventures we have. we have not always been close, but we are now. and i love my sisters dearly. i love to learn from them and i love to talk with them.
    and here is the thing… (bear with me, this will sound abstract at first) i have always wanted to have sons. but never daughters. and now i have one of each. and after i had my daughter i said to myself, “lets let this be the only girl in our family, shall we?” and then i realized that if i had no more girls then she would have no sisters. and THAT would be tragic. so i have made up my mind to have more girls, just for the sake of sisterhood. and now i will rejoice when the next girl comes along :)
    just a little tidbit.

  6. Alexa Mae says:

    i love this camille. you and your sister are so beautiful. and i love the relationship you have. it’s great. (you know my story) but i am surely hoping for a sister for Maddix when that day comes. and i really appreciate that quote from that song. love ya girl.

  7. niki says:

    i have four sisters. each of them amazing. each brings something to my life that the other could not. they are each unique and beautiful in their own way. these woman plus my mom are the most amazing women i’ve ever know. i miss them.

  8. Lisa says:

    Beautiful post and beautiful picture! I have a sister two years younger than me. Growing up we HATED each other. Until one day I moved away and went to college, and we suddenly realized we missed each other. And we were sad that all those years we had together we spent fighting. Ever since then we have been extremely close and she is now one of my best friends. We don’t talk every day, partially because I work too much and she is in law school now – but when we do talk or hang out, we are so in sync it amazes us every time. And we love it :)

  9. Rachel says:

    I have 2 sisters, which are 12 and 14 years older than me. It’s weird how our relationship has changed now we’re all adults. We all live so far apart now though that it’s hard to actually ‘get to know each other properly’.
    I love them tons and I would say we’re close, but I’d love to be able to hang out more.

    Glad you had a good time with your sister.

  10. thatonegirlfrommesa says:

    Love that picture. You both are so gorgeous. And those tulips are beyond breathtaking.
    Oh sisters.
    I am blessed to have 5 of them.
    Well 4, but we practically adopted my sister’s best friend so I always count her.
    Anyways, the thing I love most about older sisters especially, is that I have a kind of glance into my future. Everything from what I’ll look like to how things will go down in college and marriage to what my kids will look like. Sisters are like a looking glass, but what’s awesome is that you can also change things up to make them right for you. Cause we may all look alike, but my sisters and I are nowhere NEAR being exactly the same. Anyways, I love them most of the time.

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