Sisters - your first friend and your best friend

By Victoria Horsley

April 9, 2014

My parents had two daughters, myself and my younger sister, Sandra Dee.

A lot of you will know our ages and my parent’s favorite actress from the name that my parents gave my sister.

Sandy and I were born two and a half years apart, with me being the first born. Sandy was born on December 21st and our dad told me that she was my Christmas present. I was not humored as I had wanted a spring horse! I recommended that they give her back.

My dad has a sense of humor and my horse came soon after on Christmas Day. I grew to love my sister and if you could see our family albums you could see that from early on I was leading her around by her hand and trying to show her things that I thought would interest her and I was also always trying to keep her safe. Some would say I was bossing her!

As children, we played cops and robbers, and Barbie dolls. We always pretended that we were married and our husbands were soldiers away in View Nam another clue to the era that we grew up in. We enjoyed playing house, Play doe, Easy bake oven and her favorite, a machine that cooked hamburgers with a light bulb. (That would be outlawed today)!

As we grew older we realized that we were very different. She was carefree and outgoing while I was reserved and serious. We like different music and chose different types of friends.

She always wanted to be along when my friends were around though, especially when I was old enough to date and drive.

The real differences were that we both had very different opinions, but we both are strong in what we believe in. We realized as adults that we needed to accept each other’s differences as well as our similarities. Our parents raised us to be ourselves and to be proud of who we are and to respect ourselves and each other. We are blessed with wonderful parents.

When were teenagers we moved to Pennsylvania, what an adventure that was! Just imagine, two country girls from a small town in Indiana with a car and two malls. We had a blast!

We stood beside each other for our first weddings. We were beside each other as our children were born. We were there for each other through our divorces. We may be very different but yet we are very much the same. One important thing is that when need each other, we can count on each other. Lord help the person who tries to come in between us or the person who may hurt us in any way. They will have to answer for that.

My sister is my best friend and I am very thankful for her. We still talk each other through whatever problem we may be going through, big or small.

We have laughed and cried together, we are blood, we are sisters!

I am more open with expressing my feelings, my sister is reserved but one thing is for sure we love each other and we both know it.


“Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” - Margaret Mead

“A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.” - Elizabeth Fishel

“Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.” - Amy Li

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” - Marion C. Garretty

“You can kid the world. But not your sister.” - Charlotte Gray

Upcoming Events in Union City Ind./Ohio:

Free meals, every Wednesday–11-12:30 pm. EUM Church on 177 Franklin Street, Union City, Ohio. Everyone is welcome. For further information call Dave Smith at 765-964-6855.

March 27 - April 17 - 2014 Arts Depot 60th Annual Exhibition - Regular Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special Sunday Hours: 1 to 4 p.m.

April 12 - Spring Pancake Day 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., Union City Elks Club, Downtown Union City

April 27, 1 to 3 p.m., Opening of the 41st Randolph County High School Show

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June 20, 21 - Relay for Life of Randolph County Come join us in the fight against cancer! Union City Community High School, Union City Ind. For more information and to register, visit www.relayforlife.org/randolphcountyintoday

Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Union City News Reel. She can be contacted with local events, news, birthdays or anniversaries at memawthree@woh.rr.com or by calling 937-467-3945. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.