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A Journal Project

June 13, 2012

I wrote this post months ago, but it was important to me, so I’ve been taking my sweet time getting it just right.  I finally think it’s ready!

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My sister took a communications class this past semester.  Part of the class, was a project in which you had to find a partner and journal with them.  Meaning the teacher provided 4 sets of seven questions, 3 of which you had to pick to discuss with your partner and journal the conversations throughout the semester.

I’m sure a lot of students picked friends and considering how close my sister is to my both of my parents, I expected her to pick one of them.  But she picked me.  And a semester later, I’m so so grateful that she did.

We talked about insecurities, happy memories, future fears and lots and lots about our family.  My sister and I are close.  Always have been, and always will be, but if possible, I felt that this project brought us closer.  How often do you sit down with your sibling and have a open and honest conversation with them?  As close as my sister and I are, I wouldn’t say that’s something we’ve ever spent much time doing, but this project forced us to and so many interesting and heartwarming things came out of it.

I’ve always admired my sister’s strong sense of self, her passion and seriously, her hair, but now I was actually saying those things to her face instead of just thinking them in my head and she was giving me the same honesty and it was truly beautiful.  We got to hash out fights we’d had recently and never really got closure on and we got to laugh about fights way in the past where fists may have been involved or doors may have been broken…

And we got to laugh and maybe learn how to communicate with each other just a little better.  Bringing us just a little closer.  And making us feel a lot happier.  Maybe I’m biased, but there’s no bond quite like the bond between sisters.  It’s like being given a life long best friend.  Who has to forgive you even when you slam her door so hard, you break it.

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Have you ever had an assignment like this?

What kind of relationship do you have with your sibling(s)?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    June 13, 2012 8:55 AM

    Lauren, I love this post. It may even sound cheesy, but it got me all choked up. I had to do this exact assignment for my communications class. As awkward as it was, it forced me to talk about those things that never really do come up in conversation. It really makes you think about how much of an impact that people have on your life, and just how rarely we actually tell them that. I have always wished for a sister, and the relationship that you two have just reminds me that big brothers suck. Just kidding, but not really.

    • June 13, 2012 6:13 PM

      It was a pretty cool assignment, if you ask me. My relationship with my older brother is very different but still very special as I’m sure your relationship is with your brothers!

  2. Colleen permalink
    June 13, 2012 9:39 AM

    Awww I love youuu! 🙂 I pretty much used the same last few lines as you in my own paper, no joke!!!

  3. June 13, 2012 4:42 PM

    What a wonderful post. 🙂 I am really grateful for my own sister. She is always there for me and I love her SO much! ❤

  4. June 13, 2012 5:13 PM

    I have always felt the same way…when Mom died I believe it was her gift to Connal and I to be best friends forever. …Sisters.

  5. June 13, 2012 8:12 PM

    So awesome! It’s so true about sisters, there’s a unique bond there. Mine is 15 years apart from me but we are still best friends and I love her more than words can say! 🙂

    • June 13, 2012 8:22 PM

      I think it’s so amazing that you two are close despite the big age gap. It’s do precious 🙂

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