A Congratulations And Thank You To My Big Sister

A Congratulations And Thank You To My Big Sister

I wouldn't be where I am or who I am today without a role model like you.

Most sisters have their ups and downs growing up, but it is what makes the relationship better and stronger. It's graduation season and my sister recently graduated from her college with grad school as her next step to fulfill the dreams she has for her future career. Ever since we were little kids, she has always been my role model and the person I strive to be like. Watching her try and try again in every aspect of life until she succeeded at them has been exactly what I needed in order to reach my own goals and dreams.

Big sister, you've been there for me since the way beginning when I lost my first tooth to the tears and confusion of my first heartbreak. No matter how silly any of this seems now, you were there and let me be as dramatic as I wanted. I've followed you through it all; through school, family events, friendships, attitudes, careers and much more. I've always followed you and have always learned from you. Through your mistakes to my mistakes, we continue to learn from one another and this does not end here.

Going into college, my big sister had an idea of what she wanted to have as a career and eventually college made this dream a possible reality. All of her hard work over four years payed off when she got accepted into a great grad school program perfect for what she wants to do. For all of these successes, she deserves way more than a "congratulations", but she also deserves a "thank you".

This thank you is a thank you for all things, little and big, over the course of our relationship. From dancing around the kitchen as kids to singing on road trips as teenagers, you were there. From arguing over crayons to arguing over clothes, you were there. Whether the situation was positive or negative, we always found a way to get through it and you were there every step of the way. So through all of it, thank you.

Thank you for being the most amazing role model any little sister could ask for.

Thank you for all of the lessons, both big and small.

Thank you for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.

Thank you for encouraging me.

Thank you for always telling me how it was and yelling at me when I needed it.

Thank you for being there for me whenever I needed you, even if it was over things that now seem silly.

Thank you for being my teammate for 20 years, with many more to come.

While there is way more to thank you for, these are the most important. Having you by my side for my entire life has been such an enormous inspiration and I'll never be able to thank you enough for all that you've done. While you continue to succeed throughout grad school and then in the real world, I will always be your little sister and will continue to annoy you, visit you, and constantly ask you for advice.

Congratulations on all you've accomplished and everything you will continue to accomplish over the next few years. Looking up to you for my entire life has made me who I am today and because of that, I've learned to love who I am and where I am

From day one to now, congratulations on everything you've accomplished and thank you.

"Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks. Borrow. Break. Monopolize the bathroom. Are always underfoot. But if catastrophe should strike, sisters are there. Defending you against all comers."

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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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My Sister And I May Be 10 Years Apart, But It's The Best Thing Ever

She can hype you up when you need to text that boy but give loving advice about you how stupid you were after you did it.


Many people are unaware that I have siblings. I have always appeared to be an only child as I was — and still am — the only one living at home when, in fact, I have both a brother and a sister, who are many years older than me. I was a come-along child but also the greatest blessing my family has ever received.

I have heard countless stories from my family about how everyone reacted to the news of a new baby. My brother, who is 15 years older than me, was embarrassed and wanted to move out of the house far, far away. But, my sister Michelle, who is 10 years older than me, was ecstatic. She couldn't wait to have a little sister to love and cherish.

Little did either of us know how much of an impact we would have on each other.

Although my sister and I didn't live with each other for that long due to our age difference, our bond is undeniable. The best part about Michelle being a decade older than me is I have a best friend and a second mom all in the same person.

I love my sister so much for so many reasons...

Michelle is always there to support me, love me, make fun of me, guide me, and compliment my hair and outfits. We may argue occasionally, but I can always count on her in the end.

No one else in this world that I would rock out to a concert with, as well as dance and sing to in the most obnoxious way even though she threatens to take videos to show my future husband. No one else I would swap clothes regardless of knowing that I won't get them back for at least six months. No one else I would create crazy food concoctions despite the consequence of my stomach hating me later.

Most importantly, she reminds me of when I am making a stupid decision.

I am so fortunate and thankful to have the most amazing older sister.

Thank you for showing me how delicious coffee is, reassuring me that you can never have too many cats, teaching me to always put confetti in birthday cards, and telling me to never let a stupid boy dull my spark as there is always better out there.

Ten years is quite a distance but, that has never been able to separate our love and bond with one another.

I am so beyond lucky to have a sister like you, Michelle.

I still love you even though people always call me "Michelle," or think that we're twins.

Forever and always,

Your little sis


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