My sister in law, "C', is one of those rare people that when you meet them you know, without effort, without nerves that there is a connection. I love it when that happens. No matter what our life paths and choices (which are often so similar and often so different) I feel that C is a kindred spirit to me. One of the most important things to know about her is that, as a mother, I adore her. When I met her it was at a critical point in my life - too many people I knew who were having kids became "Moms" - with a capital M. Their life completely ceased to exist and it became all about the baby in a way that got to be too much for me. C integrates her children into LIFE. She is an amazingly devoted and loving mom but she is also herself - and I have more admiration for her than I can ever say. I've always said that if I ever have kids, I want to be able to emulate her in so many ways - she may think I'm kidding, but I'm not.
I'm an only child and so this whole sibling thing is still unchartered territory for me but C is the closest I've gotten to a sister and honestly, I can't imagine anyone better...when I think of what an ideal sister would be - supportive, genuine, caring, real, loving, that's what she is. So for tonight, let's drop the "in law" and forget the holiday craziness and just say that once and for all, perhaps one of the best part of getting married was meeting my sister. :)