10 Things Only Sisters Understand (or Maybe Just Me and Mine)

I might live on the other side of the world, but not a day goes by where I don't think about (or SMS, WhatsApp, or DM on IG) my little sister. I moved from my beachy hometown on the Gold Coast, Australia, to Los Angeles, California, about three years ago now, and I've had to put a mental Band-Aid on my separation anxiety. We both have. Being only 18 months apart, my sister and I were inseparable from the beginning. Well, almost. I was insanely jealous at first, even painting her face in Vegemite when Mom wasn’t looking and then green paint on another occasion, but it wasn’t long before I realized how cool it was to have a live-in best friend.

Without a doubt, getting a baby sister was the best thing that ever happened to me. Together we’ve cried rivers—some happy, some sad—traveled the world, laughed until our faces cracked, bickered like an old married couple, and shared our innermost secrets, and now we’re inseparable. Even though we live thousands of miles away from each other, my sister is a best friend for life. But don’t take my word for it. A University of Wisconsin study found that sisters share an “unconditional friendship” that they feel “lucky enough and proud to be a part of.” I’ll second that. There are no words for the undeniable bond. Scroll down for a few things that sisters do—and that sisters understand best.