Mar 9, 2012

One and twenty: a letter to my sister

Dear Peeps,
I can't believe you're 21 today. I don't mean that in a "time is flying you grew up so fast" kind of way - well, maybe I do - but more because I can so vividly remember that day you were born.

Mom and Dad had kept the gender of the baby a surprise, but when I saw the pink bubble gum cigar in the pocket of my coat I can still feel the tingles of excitement knowing I had a sister.

Sisters are a funny thing - they can drive you up a wall, but can also be the only one that gets you. We've survived episodes of Barney (oh how I loathed that purple dinosaur - his songs haunt me still), to sharing a room, and arguments about nothing. (She started it!)
(Yes I have to stand on a chair to be taller than my "baby" sister)

I've been there for all of your firsts - your first steps, your first smile, your first soccer games, and your first heart break. 

I built towers of blocks and then laughed at your delight as you ran through them, squealing, "again, again!" I taught you games and together we made new ones. We've shared countless hours of coloring, reading, singing, and playing. Through it all I've always had this unquestionable fierce love for you. 

I'm excited to be here to see you turn 21 - and as your older sister I will take pictures of what's sure to be a fun night (hello blackmail), but I'll also make sure you take medicine and drink water before you go to bed. After all, we're sisters by blood, but friends by choice.

It's been incredible to watch you grow and change, and as much as you might think you are, you're not done yet. I love the woman you've turned into - you're beautiful and strong, and passionate and funny.

I can't wait to see what you do next.

Happy birthday stinker. I love you.



Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Aw, what an incredibly sweet letter to your sister! I feel the same way about my little sister (and also put up with a whole lot of Barney watching). There is nothing like the intricacies of the bond between 2 sisters. It can be a complicated relationship because you want to protect them so so much and you don't want them to repeat the mistakes you did, but at the same time, you have to let them make those mistakes so they can learn... Gah. It's tough. But it's wonderful. My sister is out of that phase of her life where she's prone to making some of those missteps, and she's married to a wonderful man so I have been able to step back and just be her friend instead of her helicopter-sister.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

What a lovely tribute to your sister. Happy 21st birthday to her! Have FUN! :)

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

What a great post! :) I don't remember much about the day my sister was born but I do remember the excitement of having a baby sister!!! I also remember how excited I was the ONE year we were in school together (kindergarten and fifth grade). I loved, loved to see her in the hallway!

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