Any Other Photo {Emma and Katie}

My name is Aisling and I wish I had a sister. This is a very recent development, I’ll be honest. It’s a standing joke in our family that growing up with 6 brothers has somewhat spoiled me as far as being ‘the only girl’…I admit that I probably wouldn’t have liked having a sister very much as a child, but when I see the relationships that my friends have with their grown-up sisters I’m just a big, scary, green-eyed monster.

Not many sisterly relationships provoke theis reaction more than that of our very own Katielase and her beautiful sister Emma, who is sharing her AOP with us today. They love each other and care for each other in a way that makes my heart hurt, it’s so beautiful.

At this point in time I am not even sure I will send this article in. I’ve have looked through all the AOP photos and by the end I was weeping, like actually sobbing because they are all so beautiful, and the stories are moving and loving and generally made me feel….great. I am not married, I am only 21, but I still wanted to choose a photo and write something wonderful. So then came the choice, what photo? Who should it have in it? At what point in my life should it be? And then it became clear.  It was taken on my sister’s hen do.

 At the time I was in the middle of the demise of my first ever long term relationship, I’d spent the run up to this weekend planning breaking up with my partner, and then when I saw him I couldn’t do it. I felt small and weak and like a joke of a woman. And then we went on the hen weekend. The hen weekend I planned for my sister, I wanted it to be perfect for her and I really think it was (by sheer luck more than anything).

 This photo was taken at the cocktail making session, we were given a LOT of cocktails to drink (I was having none because of my emotional state) but I remember the moment, being with the two women I admire most in the world, the two women that throughout all their bad times, and their imperfections are still the strongest people I know. I remember being insanely happy for my sister on her hen weekend, the Bride-to-be, all three of us glowing with stupid happiness! And I remember seeing this photo after the weekend, and being so proud to be related to these two women and to share the same genetic smile. It still to this day makes me feel proud to be me and proud to have my sister and my mum to look up to, and it takes me back to that moment and reminds me how far I’ve come in just one year. (You may or may not recognise my sister as being Katielase, those of you who know her will know how wise and generous and hilarious she is and I can assure you my mum is exactly the same. I am totally blessed)

Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Fee
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    This is so, so lovely. Katie is so awesome and clearly she has an equally awesome sister! I am loving these new AOPs for showing all the other types of relationship that are so important.

    I’m lucky enough to have two sisters who I am extremely close to – I am very thankful that my parents were crazy enough to have their first three babies in four years!

    Such a wonderful start to Friday! Thanks Emma x

  2. Posted September 6, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I’m going to formulate a proper comment when I stop crying all over the train station. But, yeah, Emma, I love you.

    KL x

  3. Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Right. I have stopped crying… sort of, okay, I haven’t really but I have stopped actual sobbing… so, I can say that Emma, who thinks she isn’t strong, who tells you she was weak, who tells you she arranged me the most perfect weekend by sheer luck, is so much more than she thinks she is. Every single one of my friends came up to me after my hen weekend and told me that my sister had been incredible in organising it, and half of them were wondering when the hell she grew up so much. I was wondering the same. And I can tell you that I have never had to end a long-term relationship but that I know I couldn’t do it with half the grace and strength that Emma managed (and yes, Em, that totally includes the sobbing in the park, and on the bus)

    I don’t know how to comment to do this post justice, but this makes me feel very lucky. I know I am lucky to have a sister who is also my friend, who I can call when I’m sad. I think one of the most incredible things about being an older sister is when your baby girl grows up, and suddenly she’s holding YOUR hand when you wobble, and she’s teaching you things, and she’s clever and brilliant and bold, and you can go out together and sing 5ive in public and laugh until you can’t breathe, and be more than sisters, you can be real friends. My friendships with my sister, and my incredible Mum, are some of the most important friendships in my life. I can only echo Emma, I am totally blessed.

    KL xx

    • Liz
      Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      See, now both of you have made me cry! This is so lovely – the words, the smiles, the love.

      Wishing I had a sister….

      • Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        Totally made me sob too!! This is so beautiful Emma, and such a beautiful response Katie. How lucky you both are to have each other! I recently went on a hen do with a friend who has a family full of girls…and it definitely made me feel like I want a sister.

        Having said that, though, my brother is pretty darn amazing and I now have a truly fabulous sister-in-law – so sometimes we are lucky enough to acquire sisters too :) xx

    • Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Crying. And yet again planning my covert joining of the Katielase family. If I sneak in at Christmas lunch, nobody will mind, right? I’m super good at charades.


      • Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

        And you’re blonde so you will fit right in. No one will notice :)

    • Em
      Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      haha – grace. ;P xxx

  4. Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Another one sniffling on the bus to work! Such a lovely photo, and so lovely to hear about how close you all are. I have the green eyed sister envy too!

  5. Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    This is so beautiful, it made me think of my own little sis (and remember how bad I treated her when she was little… not proud, but I guess siblings make each other lives impossible).

    It’s funny how this has changed growing up, now we are good friends and I miss her so most.

    Emma and Katie, you are so lucky.

  6. Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Yip there are tears here too! This is so, so lovely. I echo Aisling’s opening comments, I’m jealous of those of you who have sisters, especially when they are as fantastic as Emma! Beautiful AOP xx

  7. Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Man I wish I’d been wise enough at 21 not to drink when in an emotional state.

    Sisters are the best, truly. This is the most wonderful, concise tale and one I can relate completely to. You’re all beautiful with your big grins :) xx

  8. HayleyB
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, welling up at my desk and trying to pretend it’s just something in my eye… A lovely AOP and a lovely response from Katielase too. I’m also in the ‘very jealous and wish I had a sister’ category. But I think the fact you genuinely like/respect/love each other as friends, not because you have to (we’ve all got some of those in our families haven’t we?!) is brilliant – and really moving.

  9. Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    *wails* I WANT A SISTER.

    My three closest friends have sisters, I have a smelly brother.

  10. Amanda M
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Ohhhhhhhh, *wails* SO LOVELY! The post was welling up enough and then Katielase’s comment sent me right over the edge.

    I’m also in the green-eyed-monster for sisters club.

    And! SIX! BROTHERS!!

  11. Fee
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I have 3 brothers as well as my 2 sisters and can confirm they are useful in their own way – the two teenage ones will accept payment in sausage rolls for almost anything, including helping me move house and acting as pack mules while I do my christmas shopping.

    • Posted September 6, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Haha! Payment in Sausage Rolls! Brilliant.

      • Posted September 6, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        My brother doesn’t do any of that.
        If he rings me, he wants something.
        Last nights conversation: I’ve written my car off can I borrow yours. Also can I borrow some money to buy a new one. I wouldn’t mind but he’s older than me so shurely more responsible no?
        My brothers only real function seems to be leaving my friends all dribbly when he’s around. Not mentioning any names. *ahem*

        • Posted September 7, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

          Brilliant comment! I can relate to all of it, my 6 years older brother is exactly the same!!

  12. deltafoxtrotcharlie
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I’ve got five (younger) sisters so if anyone wants to borrow, be my guests…

    Exact text conversation I JUST had with penultimate sister

    Her: do you want to buy me a book for Uni
    Me: do I have a choice?
    Her: not really, I’m a poor student and you love me and it’ll educate me
    me: sigh

  13. deltafoxtrotcharlie
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Oh, and obviously I love this post (and the other ‘new style’ AOPs!)

  14. Posted September 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    SKIN AND BLISTERS for the win!!!!

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