People often ask Katherine if she likes having a sister.
Kate never quite knows how to respond. It's really a rather complicated question. She usually answers "Sometimes." She loves Rachel (more than she would probably admit). She likes being her teacher and protector and sometimes friend. And bossing her around, of course.
But there are times when I'm pretty sure she wishes Rachel would just go away.
No one ever asks Rachel is she likes having a sister. But she would know how to respond. YES!!
Rachel adores Katherine. She follows her around. She seeks out her attention. She endures her endless bossing and directing. She wants to be just like her big sister. Even when they are fighting (which happens a lot), it is clear that Rachel enjoys the interaction.
Rachel refers to Katherine as "my sister". As in "Where is my sister?" Or "My sister gave this to me." Sometimes she even calls Kate "sister." "Sister, where are you?"
Rae knows that I have a sister and that Granny has a sister. She loves it when all of the sisters are together. Once she asked about Daddy's sister and I explained that Daddy didn't have a sister, only brothers. "No sister?" she asked sadly and her eyes teared up. Sisters are important.
The girls are each other's best friend and worst enemy. Sisters, in every sense. Despite the seemingly endless bickering, they have an undeniable bond with each other. They are true sisters. And sisterhood is powerful.