10 Unavoidable Signs That You Have A Big Sister

10 Unavoidable Signs That You Have A Big Sister

It's always us against the world.

Despite how you may feel about them at times, siblings are definitely a blessing.

I grew up with an array of siblings (4 to be exact), and I couldn't be more thankful. Now, I love all my siblings, but this right here is dedicated to the first friend I ever made, my big sister. I am the second oldest and my sister and I are only 2 years apart so we grew up very closely. Also because of this we have had many arguments, fights, and good times under our wings. Everyone with a big sister has surely gone through many of these same things and events as all siblings do, but big sisters are special.

So without further adieu, here are 10 signs that you have a big sister:

1. Growing up you hated each other

Yup, this is true. Although she was my first friend, she was also my first enemy. Leave to your big sis to rat you out and get you in trouble.

2. You argued all the time.

Mainly over stupid stuff. We are totally over that now though. *Cough, cough*

3. Your fights got pretty intense.

There was no "taking it outside." We pounced on each other like pumas before anyone knew what was happening. All we could do was throw fists and box fans at each other until someone got hurt. True story.

4. You wore each other's clothes.

It started off with me getting her hand-me downs, but eventually I just went in her room and looked through her closet myself, which of course led to more fights. But hey, the clothes in her closet were a lot cuter than the hand-me downs I was getting.

5. You shared EVERYTHING.

If you have any siblings at all, you know that you had to share everything you own. At the time it seemed annoying sharing the same toys, clothes, movies, air, ugh. But it's not so bad sharing now though.

6. You learned from her mistakes.

Because of her, I learned what not to do. So thanks sis! I greatly appreciate it.

7. You tell each other everything.

Despite getting into it a lot, you know you can always go to your big sister for anything, whether it be advice or just someone to talk to. Also because of this, we've had a lot of heart-to-heart conversations that have brought us closer over the years. I am very grateful for that.

8. Her friends were your friends growing up.

This annoyed the hell out of my sister when we were younger. Since we are so close in age, it seemed like everything that was hers was mine and vice versa. (See number 5).

9. She became your protector when you got older.

Surprisingly enough, this did happen. After we both got over our grumpy selves and confessed that we actually did love each other, (*GASP*) she became protective over me. Of course this didn't happen until I was almost out of middle school for us, but hey at least it happened.

10. She is, and forever will be, your best friend.

Through all the ups and downs you have had with each other, you know that at the end of the day that she will always have your back and will never let you down. You have a bond that over the years grew to be something special. She is your sister and your best friend.

I am forever thankful for my big sister and I wouldn't trade her for the world (although I do think about it sometimes). I know you will always be there for me just as I will be there for you. It'll always be us against the world.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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