So, growing up we weren't all that close. Even when we shared a room, she found every opportunity to kick me out of it. (Hey, I like my clothes all over the floor. Isn't that where normal people keep them? ;))
Then, I'm not sure what happened, but when I turned twelve, our relationship went from non-existent, to... pretty tight.
I think it was because of this one girl's camp we both went to. We were assigned to the same tent, and I was nervous because our shared room thing didn't go very well, and I TOTALLY idolized my sister, so I was hoping I wouldn't piss her off during this week long camp trip with all our friends.
The first day we got there, we were assigned to give our tent a name, and we'd be "so and so" group for assignments like making meals, cleaning meals, etc. Anyway, the whole theme of the camp was an Olympic theme, so OF COURSE me and my sister were like, we're totally the Jamaican bobsled team, because we were obsessed with Cool Runnings and I think that was the only Olympian thing we knew of, lol.
There were five of us in the tent, so we all picked a character and became that character for the week. (I think we annoyed the crap out of everyone else talking in Jamaican accents ALL WEEK LONG, lol) And my sister was Yul Brennor, and I was Junior.
In case you're not familiar with the film (*cough, cough, Kelley!) Yul and Junior have a sparring relationship. They basically hate each other in the beginning, then become the pair of an adorable bromance by the end.
You see where I'm going...
And I'm sorry it's taking SO LONG to get to the point, but the second night we were there, we were walking back to the tent with another tent mate, doing our silly accents and laughing, when we heard something in the bushes next to our tent.
I instantly freaked out because I don't do creatures of the night. No. No. No. My sister leaned over and was like, "Maybe it's a bunny."
But then it moved again, and we caught a glimpse of the white and black fur, and our friend shouts, "That ain't no bunny!" And we took off!
Above all creatures of the night... the skunk is the one I most fear.
And I don't know if it's because my sister knew this, or because she was playing her Jamaican role, but she made sure she walked with me everywhere during that camp trip because I was terrified of getting sprayed. Whether she did it consciously or subconsciously, I have no idea. But she did, and that was the day our relationship changed. At least for me :)
We're still tight today, which is good, because now she's a massage therapist, and yanno... the benefits... ;)
Now after that LOOOONG story, I'm going to reveal the cover for a story where the two sisters go on a trip, and their relationship changes. This book really resonated with me and I can't wait for people to read it. Congrats to Kelley and Jenny, two of my very best friends in this whole wide world on their debut collaboration.
New! From Bloomsbury Spark, a sunny heartwarming story of discovery and sisterhood.
A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys.
What could be better?
For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.
Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.
Spell dedicated to my sister, Kelley, and Jenny!