She's Not Only My Big Sis. She Is My Best Friend.
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She's Not Only My Big Sis. She Is My Best Friend.

Side by side or miles apart, we will always be sisters at heart.

She's Not Only My Big Sis. She Is My Best Friend.
Rachel Gagliardo

Dear Sis,

When we were little I know I was a pain in the butt. I bugged you to play with me, to share your Barbies with me. I wanted to wear the same clothes as you, wear my hair the same way as yours, I wanted to look and act just like you. I literally had to look up to you to help me onto the Little Tikes jungle gym. I’m sorry for being the pain in the butt annoying little sister but I want you to know the whole time I acted like that because I was seeking your approval. I wanted to be just like you in every way possible. You were and are my biggest role model.

Over the years, I have watched you grown and mature, and you’ve made me wonder what I would be like when I reached that age. I waited on the sidewalk with mom and watched you get onto the school bus for your first day of kindergarten at that point in time I pictured what my first day of kindergarten would be like. I waited all day for you to come home and tell us all about your first day. Two years later, I had you by my side helping me onto the bus for my first day of kindergarten. Thank you for always experiencing everything first and guiding the way for me.

I don’t know how you managed to make it through the awkward stages of life without a big sister but I am so thankful that you did because you saved me from having to go through that stage. You learned how to apply makeup all by yourself and allowed me to watch you in awe of your talents, which we both know that I still do. You then taught me how to do my makeup and told me when I was wearing to much bronzer or when my outfit didn't match. Thank you for always being honest with me. I know I always can go to you whenever I need straightforward advice.

I watched you get your first official boyfriend in fifth grade and unfortunately witnessed your first heartbreak. When your heart was broken by a boy, mine shattered with yours; I hated seeing you cry. Any boy that hurt you would have to deal with me, and the evil glares that I would give them if I saw them. Years later when I got over the thought of boys having cooties, I was able to turn to you to talk about them and you provided me with the best advice. Thank you for always being there for me and listening to my dramatics.

The day you left for college people would have thought someone in our family died the way I was crying. The tears started the night before, then continued the whole next day. The thought of not seeing you for three months brought me into a panic. When we finally got over the idea that siblings had to hate one another and learned that it was OK for us to be best friends we became inseparable. We learned how to make the distance work, thank God for FaceTime and cell phones. You showed me how to transition into the beginning stages of adulthood with such ease and bravery. I am so proud of you.

I know being the younger sister I’m supposed to get the advice not give it but for once its my turn. As you prepare to graduate and move on up into the real world, I want you to remember to believe in yourself. You are a beautiful women who is going to do amazing things with your life. I can not wait to continue to watch you grow. Thank you for being my best friend and always standing by my side.

Mom and Dad thank you for providing me with someone to share my life memories with. Thank you for giving me someone to always have by my side. Thank you for my best friend, my role model.

Love always,

Your Annoying Little Sis

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