Getting to know me

Sisters by blood. Friends by choice.

Sisters – all of the clichés and quotes are true. You cannot choose your sisters, but I believe I have been blessed with the best ones! Before I tell you about them, I will first tell you a bit about myself.

Michelle: ‘Michelle is a given name, originally the French feminine form of Michel, from the Hebrew name Michael meaning “Who is like God?”. It is now extensively used in English-speaking as well as French-speaking countries.’ I am very quiet and prefer to listen to other people’s opinions and discussions rather than join in myself. I am fiercely protective of my sisters and even though we are allowed to tease each other, will go full Mama-bear if someone else tries it. A true introvert, I love spending quality time with my husband, sisters and cats. Running, reading and writing are some other things that make me happy.

Marianne: In a book of French baby names Marianne is described as compound of Marie (wished-for child; rebellion) and Anne (favor or grace).

Marianne is the definition of “dynamite in a small package”. She looks very sweet and quiet, but should you make the mistake of wronging her or one of us; you will see the rebellion come out.The steadfastness with which she believes and lives her core values and beliefs are a motivation to me and all who cross her path. She enjoys running and is passionate about all fitness. She’s always willing to lend a helping hand to someone in need, and her beauty radiates through all of these endeavours.

Melissa: “honey bee” in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology.

Melissa can seem very quiet and reserved, but she saves all her sparkle and bubbles for those who know her best. You will be in no doubt what her passions are as she’s sure to tell you all about them! She is a fashionista, lover of ALL shoes, bags and hats. A delightful, social butterfly who always has time to lend a ear or shoulder to a sister or friend in need and is an inspiration to all who know her.

We spend a lot of time together – growing up in the same house, all attending the same schools, doing things together on weekends and school holidays. Up until now, we have always been able to make plans during school holidays as I am a teacher, Marianne a student and Melissa a scholar. That may all change next year as Marianne finishes her studies and Melissa takes some time before continuing her studies. I worry that we won’t be seeing each other much now that they aren’t available during school holidays anymore, but I know that we will make a plan to spend quality time together.

The three of us have been through our share of crazy experiences together, but I think this has brought us closer together. We have spent many hours discussing everything from friends, boys, school and everything in between. It is not unheard of for one of us to say:”What happens in the car, stays in the car!”, before sharing a secret. This secret is usually shared whilst listening to a particular song at full volume, and after the secret is revealed and discussed all three of us would listen to the song again and sing it at the top of our lungs!

We are each other’s sounding boards and secret-keepers. When the going gets tough, we gravitate towards each other and hold each other up. I have watched them grow into two beautiful, compassionate young women, and as their older sister I cannot be prouder of them!

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