Respect replaces sibling rivalry

For much of my life, my sister and I experienced some version of sibling rivalry. We hardly agreed on anything. We saw the world differently, and, except for the fact that we both acted stubborn and were not shy about being blunt with each other, our approaches to things were completely opposite.

When I was a senior in college, I finally had to confront this issue head-on. My sister, who was attending the same school as I was, was running for the varsity track team at an event one weekend. I got a phone call from my father telling me that she had been taken to the hospital, and the doctors said she had broken her leg. My father was very upset, and I immediately knew that I had to be compassionate and take the situation seriously, but I was still surprised to hear him say that I was the one who needed to be there to help take care of her. 

It turned out that my mother decided to fly out the next day to take care of my sister until she could get settled into the Christian Science nursing quarters on campus, so my immediate help wasn’t needed. (My sister chose to stay at school and enlist the help of both a Christian Science practitioner and a Christian Science nurse while she finished up the academic quarter.) But soon I began to realize what my responsibility would be.

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