National Sisters Day
According to Time and Date dot com, August 1st is National Sisters Day this year. An unofficial holiday, it’s set for the first Sunday in August every year, so no paid day off or bank closures. Rats, right?
Whether amicable or contentious, it’s still a good day to remember the relationships we have with our female siblings. No sisters? No problem! Celebrate all the women and girls in your life who feel like a sister! Get with your besties, cousins, coworkers, and neighbors.
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So, how do we honor our sisters? There are obvious ways like going to lunch or coffee but how about taking a “left turn at Albuquerque”, as Bugs Bunny used to say. We found a few unique ideas you can do with your sis.
- Genealogy Search. Have you ever wondered about the origins of your family? Especially if your “sister” is biologically from a different parent? Wouldn’t it be fun to compare notes? It doesn’t necessarily have to cost any money to start looking for your roots.
- Dig Out the Pictures. Whether your photos are digital or paper, it can be fun to reminisce over things you did growing up together. Sort, laugh, make scrapbooks!
- Revisit a Childhood Haunt. Where did you hang out as kids? Was there a particular playground or ice cream shop you loved as children? Walk the routes you took to school. Find the house your crush lived in. Are they still around?
- Road Trip! Especially if you live far apart, go for a weekend or longer for a long dreamed about get-together!
Some of the fiercest rivalries are between siblings. If it’s been a few days or many years, being the first to throw up the white flag can be scary. Many would contend that DNA does not a family make, but if you feel a niggling to reconnect, National Sisters Day could be a good segue. Ways to start could be:
- Send a Card or Letter. Maybe you made some bad moves in the past and want to make things right. Or perhaps you want to open the door to them if the rift was theirs.
- Enlist Another Family Member or Friend. Because we call them “family”, it usually means there are mutual relationships. Is there someone who could help “feel” them out before you make contact?
- Make a Donation in Their Name. Sometimes they’re not ready, so you have to nudge them in other ways. Often the problem boiled down to broken trust. Try rebuilding without direct contact. Donate to their favorite charity. Make sure they get a notice that you made the gift for them.
Sisterhood can be glorious or complicated. Divine or divided. Let those sisters you love know you love them! Even if it means swallowing a little humble pie!