11 Big Things I Want To Tell My Little Sisters

11 Big Things I Want To Tell My Little Sisters

No one will ever know us like we know us.
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There is a quote that I think hangs in ninety percent of all little girls' bathrooms that says something along the lines of "sisters by blood, best friends by choice." And it is so cheesy, so cliche, and terribly overused, but it is true. I don't know two people who know me better than my two little sisters, and there's not a thing I would trade for them and the relationship we have. I can't tell you how blessed I feel that I have them in my life.

Right now, they're about three hours away from me, growing up and becoming little ladies and I am so far away from them. This has been the hardest thing in the world for me, being so far away and not joining them on this journey. So, I think this is something along the lines of a "don’t ever forget me" letter. Also, an advie letter, from your big sis, who’s been through hell and back, and knows a thing or two about all things high school and how to survive it.

Some of these things I have already told you, some of them during our car rides, others I think were probably spoken through the silence, and others I hope are new, but all of them I truly hope you both take to heart.

1. It goes by so fast.

I cannot believe that I’m in college. I can't believe that I have already lived on my own for six months, away from you two. I can’t believe that it was already like four and a half years ago when I was a freshman and I was sitting in the gym on the first day of school at Fenwick. Anyways time. Time changes. Time changes people. Time will change you. Don’t give up on timing.

2. God has a plan for you.

I have learned that steadily over time. I wish I trusted that more when I was younger, instead of trying to figure it out for myself. I urge you to remember the phrase let go and let God. Granted, not in the case of a test going in blind without studying, but if you feel as though you have pressed yourself and learned what you can learn do not stress yourself out. You are capable and you are smarter than so many people out there. Do not give up on Him. Read the Bible, pray the rosary, live for Him.

3. Believe in yourself.

You are the only you there is and you are beautiful. If you ever need to be reminded of that, don’t hesitate to call me.

4. You are so much more than Erika’s little sister.

Granted, you can always use that as an excuse or a building block. the two of you are the most beautiful girls I know, and you can do anything that you want. I love all of the things you stand for, all of your passions, your immense care for everyone and everything. And I am forever proud to be your big sister. I'm learning to love being called Emily & Ellie's Big Sister.

5. Learn from your friends.

I learned that I tended to join the flow of things. Sophomore year, I had a different group of friends, they were the best and the worst of things for me. At the time, they were my best friends and I am recognizing now, that I did need them. But from them, I learned who I was and who I didn’t want to be. You both have already had your share of friend drama and I hate saying that there is more to come, but I know there will be. Keep your head up, you are better than that.

6. Mom and Dad really do want what’s best for you.

Even when it definitely doesn’t seem like it. Being away from them has really shown me that. Unfortunately, you still have a few years, but just trust me. Take what they say with a grain of salt and remember that they are trying to help. Mom and I are closer than we have ever been after being up here. They will do anything they can to help you succeed. I promise.

7. Having a few close friends is so much more important than trying to be friends with everyone.

Everyone is not going to like you and that is OK. more than okay really. Cherish the few who make you happy, the people who make you, you. Those are the people who are going to make you happy. At times you will feel very alone, everyone does. Don't let it get you down, take that time to focus on yourself and make yourself better for the next person who comes into your life.

8. Be there for each other.

I wish I could be there closer to you all to see you grow up. I miss you so much. It makes my heart hurt knowing you are so far away from me, but it also gives me so much joy that you have the opportunity to foster your relationship. Do it for me. I know you can get on each others' nerves sometimes but you’ll realize, in time, how incredible of a relationship and family dynamic we have. We are so blessed. Don’t take it for granted.

9. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

I have learned so much about myself through PLA and if there is one thing I wish I could’ve told myself, it is that. The world is longing to help you. So ask for it. The opportunities that are out there are actually endless. It's scary, haha. I’m always here. Ask dad. He's full of insight. Ask papaw (either of them). Ask your teachers, Mrs. Horn, Shayne, literally anyone.

10. Do what makes YOU happy.

If that means you take a year to travel or do service after high school, do it. There are so many things looking back that I did, sacrificing my own happiness in order to please other people. To an extent, and depending on the person, compromise is okay. But make sure that you aren’t going 90% and they’re only going 10%. You are your own biggest fan, so do you, and do it well.

11. Don't forget the little things.

Life isn't easy. It isn’t sunshine and daisies and Granny's warm everything cookies. But those things are there and they are good. Don’t ever forget to thank God for the little things, for the sunsets that make you stop in your tracks, for the moments surrounded by your friends, all laughing at something seemingly silly, and especially for warm everything cookies. Always warm everything cookies. I think that you of all people understand the importance of the little things, and I am so thankful that you are aware of that. Jesus blesses us through the seemingly unimportant things, which leads me to my next point- some of the biggest blessings aren’t things, they’re people.

S.P.P. That I'll always be here to watch the sunset with you.

Love you to Dale Hollow and back,

Your big sis

Cover Image Credit: Erika Glover

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Fiction On Odyssey: Until The End

It's nice to have a peaceful day, but nothing is peaceful when you're with your best friend.

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I walk cheerfully throughout the house, humming Beethoven's fifth symphony. It's not every day where I can have a good day. With school, job, volunteer work and other stuff, it's hard to find a day where I can relax. As I enter the kitchen, I notice Michael leaning against the counter drinking orange juice.

"Well, I see you let yourself into the house," I state as I walk towards the cabinet to get a glass. I fill it up to the brink and take large gulps.

"That's what happens when you give me your house key," He says, smiling sweetly.

"I gave it to you for emergencies!" I say with fake anger.

"I was thirsty!" Michael exclaimed back.

"Being thirsty is not an emergency."

"It is if food is your life!"

"You're unbearable."

"I know."

We both look at each other and burst out laughing. Michael is leaning against the chair trying not to fall but failed miserably. Now, he is rolling on the floor, laughing so hard, no noise is even coming out. I'm leaning on the counter, trying to breathe but failing miserably.

We finally calm down, try to start breathing properly and wipe tears from our eyes. I turn my head and see my older brother staring at us as if we were going insane before telling us,

"I wanted some peace, so I thought to myself why not go home, but then I remembered that you live in it too."

Michael sticks his tongue out at him, and he sticks his back out before going upstairs to his room. We both sigh and sit down on the couch in the living room and stare at the TV. Usually, we would find something stupid to do, but we just sat there. Michael's head leaned against my shoulder, which looks like he is hunched over due to the fact that he is taller than me. I sat there continuing to hum Beethoven's fifth symphony when I heard the front door knob jiggle.

Michael lifts his head and turns to see who's going to come in. The front door view was blocked by a wall, so we couldn't see who would come in from our vantage point. We both have our heads peeking from the top of the couch, watching silently to see who comes in.

"I hope it's the FBI!"

He turns to stare at me with an incredulous look, saying, "Are you insane? Did you do something to draw the attention of them?"

I look at him from the corner of my eyes and whisper to him, "I've never seen anyone kick a door in before. It's so exciting! And no, I didn't do anything."

"Knowing you, I bet you did," Michael whispers back.

"Shut up or they'll know we're home."

We continue to stare until the door opens. We both hold out breaths and lower our heads in an attempt to hide.

"The door wasn't broken, so we can rule out the FBI," Michael states. I roll my eyes at him and stare to see whoever walks through the door.

"Kids, I'm home!"

My eyes widen. She's home early. She must have had a quiet day today at work.

"Hi, mom!" I hear my brother yell from upstairs. My mom chuckles and looks towards us with a questioning look in her eyes, to which Michael replies with while pointing his finger at me,

"She thought you were the FBI." I shoot Michael a glare. My mom laughs at this and whispers to herself as she walks upstairs to get cleaned us, "What am I going to do with you kids."

We sat there on the couch, the house quiet minus the yelling from my brother who is probably playing Fortnite.

"You ever wonder about the future?" Michael asks me with a thoughtful expression.

"I do, sometimes," I reply back.

"You ever notice how we are told to follow our dreams and work hard, but in the end, it doesn't matter? People just say that, but don't mean it, because it's all about money to them."

"Ya. Why can't we make money doing what we love? It might not be a lot, but at least every day won't be dreadful," I reply back softly.

"Well, I say screw all of them. It's going to be a long and painful journey, but we have to hope that in the end, it will all be worth it, plus I've got you to drag me out of trouble."

"I couldn't agree with you more," I replied, smiling at him, wondering where I found an amazing friend.

"I help up my pinky finger to her, smile, and say, "Until the end?"

He looks and me, smiles, and hooks his pinky around mine and says to me, "Until the end."

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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