Written by: Renea & Renella Peters
“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves — a special kind of double. “ ~Toni Morrison
This is a quote that both of us can relate to. Even though we are three years apart, many times people have and still do take us for twins (though in our opinion, we look nothing alike!). Our personalities could not be more different from each other’s. We have vast contrasts in interests. However, there is still something that ties us to each other so that we not only complement each other, but in some instances reflect each other.
To understand this, it may be helpful for you, dear readers, to know some of our life story. We won’t bore you with the details, but just skip to the relevant bit.
When I (Renea) was 8 and Renella was 5, we lived separately for about a year. Since we were both young, we cannot admit to having any strong emotional attachments to this period, but somehow we both remember it and know what it is like to not have each other.
Our family has moved frequently, not just to different houses, but different countries. Because of this, we had a tendency to stick together, much like twins do. Hence, the popular misunderstanding!
That is not to say that we don’t have fights or ever disagree (*Renella chuckles in the background*). But we are always quick to make up, especially if we have something ‘important’ to tell the other. Now that we are older and in different stages of life and are going different directions, the age gap has more of an influence on our interactions.
For example, I (Renea) am in university and Renella is in high school. I think you, great readers, can attest to the fact that this can be an obstacle to our communication.
Something we both have realized in the end is that one day our lives will become more similar than it currently is, and before we know it the future will be the present. We will be in our chosen vocations, living our own lives but still be intertwined in the way that only sisters can be. We thank our Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us to travel the journey that is sisterhood and we look forward to what the future holds for us, individually and as sisters.