7 Women Share The Secrets Only Their Sisters Know

Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Relationships between sisters are among the most special, unique, and indescribable bonds out there. But often, there seems to be one unifying quality among sisterly relationships: Your sis is the only one who understands something very specific about you.

And since National Sisters Day is on Sunday, we decided to celebrate this hard-to-pin-down perk of sisterhood by asking real women to share what only their sisters know about them. These secrets go much deeper than that time you snuck out on a school night. They speak to the way our sisters can read us with just a look, or how they know what we’re going to say before we open our mouths. Like we said, it can be difficult to describe our sisterly bonds, but this is one small way we can acknowledge how well our sisters know us.

Click ahead for seven sisterly secrets; then, share your own in the comments section. Oh, and if you have a sister, you might catch yourself nodding in agreement to at least one of these anecdotes. We suggest you take that as your cue to give your sis a call.


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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"My sister knows when I'm having a meltdown before the phone even rings, and she is still the only person who can zero in on the heart of something that's making me sad."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"My sister is the only person who knows what I eat for lunch every day, that I’m a dog person who presents as a cat person, and, most importantly, she’s the only one who knows what I’m going to say next. She finishes my sentences just as I’m starting a new one for her, and we’ve been told it’s a lot to take in. In other words, our conversational rhythm puts Lorelai and Rory to shame. There, I said it."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"My sister is the only person who has the ability to make me crack up laughing with just a facial expression — she knows my sense of humor to a T. Even though we don't always get along 100%, she gets me through and through, and she's my best friend."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"I talk to my sisters on the phone all the time, and we live in the same city. We can talk about absolutely nothing, but it's always a source of laughter and comfort. No one knows you like your sisters do."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"Only my sister knows why I am the way I am, and how I feel the way I feel, without having to explain anything. She knows that I have her back and would do absolutely anything for her, just as she would do for me. She is and always will be my first bestie."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"Only my sister knows just how bad it got with my ex. She is completely nonjudgmental, so was the only person I ever felt 100% comfortable divulging all of the nasty details to."
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Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
"My older and only sister is the only person in the world that I 100% take advice from. As I look at my life right now, I can see all these turns I took because I was influenced by her, and I can't say I regret any of those decisions. Also, I don't think I ever realized this until just now: #bigsistersarethebest."
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