To My Little On Big-Little Reveal, This Is More Than Just A New Friend To Me

To My Little On Big-Little Reveal, This Is More Than Just A New Friend To Me

Get ready for all the hugs.

Dear Little,

After a week of giving you my love in the forms of crafts, cups, jewelry, stuffed animals, t-shirts, decorations, and more, the day is finally here where you get to figure out who I am. Whether you've known from the start, my clues threw you way off, or you've simply had no idea, the outcome is the same: I am now your big.

Big-little really is a concept unlike any other I've ever experienced.

Being your big is one of the things I know I can take pride in, because I can take pride in knowing you. Since the minute I met you, I've known I wanted you to be a bigger part of my life. You're so incredibly smart, so incredibly talented, and so incredibly beautiful. You work really hard, and if it feels like no one notices that, know that I always am. You have a heart of gold. You are strong. Because of everything you are, I have obsessed over you since the minute I knew you were mine. Getting to tell people all about you is one of the highlights of my day.

Having a little is more than just a new friend to me.

This is about having a new go-to. A new person to look after and to care for in every scenario. A person to squeeze every time you see her because you are genuinely excited she's in front of you. A person to cry on during a hard time. A person for coffee, jam sessions, dance parties, dinner, or a heart-to-heart. You are so much to me.

I never really understood this whole sorority thing either.

I really don't know how I got here. But, I know that what this organization has given me outweighs all of my doubts. I know that the greatest gift I could have ever received from this sorority is you.

As we begin this lifetime (yes, lifetime, I'm never leaving you) journey, I want to thank you for all you have already done for me. In such a short time, you have already made me a better person. Thank you for everything you will do. I am so happy to be your big, and I can't wait for everything we'll do.

I love you with my whole heart!

Love Always,


Cover Image Credit: Gabby Florio

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To My Little Brother

Six things I want you to know.

I am not your mother, but I am your big sister.

I cannot even apologize for it, I am always going to act like your second mom. I am going to keep yelling at you to (please) put down the toilet seat and to clean up the mess you made in the kitchen. It doesn't matter to me how often you say "I am not your mother," because you're my little brother and I'm always going to be the boss.

I never mean it when I tell you to grow up.

I hope that you have taken, and continue to take, full advantage of your childhood. As often as I complain about your maturity level, my wish for you is to put off growing up for as long as possible. The closer I get to real adult life, the more I miss home and all of the worries I didn't have. You shouldn't rush through the years you have left at home, you are doing just fine the way you are.

No, I didn't tell Mom.

All of our secrets will always stay secrets. I may have ratted you out to Mom about being the one to break her new vase, but I hope you know that our brother-sister bond protects all of the private things we share. Please, never forget that I'll always be here to listen to you.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry for giving you your first bloody nose, and for laughing at you afterward. I'm sorry for every time I have blown you off for plans with a guy, or to get an extra hour of sleep. I'm sorry for yelling at you to leave me alone and for slamming the door in your face. I'm sorry for all of the times you asked me to play outside that I didn't. I'm sorry for all of my broken promises.

I forgive you.

I forgive you for all of the “little brother" insults you have used. I forgive you for using all of my paints and letting them dry out. I forgive you for embarrassing me in front of every guy I ever brought home. I even forgive you for cutting off that piece of my hair in fourth grade.

I am so proud of you.

It isn't said nearly enough, but I am so proud of you, little brother. I am envious of the passions that you have and the way that you pursue them with no fear! I am excited to see where you go in life (but don't go anywhere too quickly). Keep working hard and doing what you love, no one can fault you for following your heart. I love you so much, and I will always be your biggest supporter and fan!

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It Is OK To Have Guy Friends That Are Literally Just Guy Friends

Some of my best friends are guys and sometimes they are better friends than girls are.


Lately, I have come to the realization that some of my guy friends are better then some girls I call my "friends". Ever since middle school, I have always had many guy friends that have always been just guy friends, and nothing more. Some girls had a problem with it back then and they still do now, maybe because they are jealous, or maybe because they feel left out. However, I decided a long time ago to keep those guy friends for reasons like...

1. They Don't Take Things So Seriously

You can always joke around with them, and they will joke around with you right back. You can be as nice as you want or as mean as you want to them, and they will always take it as joke. I think that sometimes girls have a difficult time deciphering between when you are being serious or when you are joking. Most of my guys friends tend to not things too seriously at least 75% of the time.

2. They Are Always Honest

When I need a blatantly honest opinion I always ask my guy friends (and my mom). I do this because guys do not really care about whether or not their response will make you mad. Also, guys do not think about if their answer will benefit them personally or not before they answer.

3. They Genuinely Listen To You

Not all the time. But when I am upset, they are always the ones most concerned. Some of my guy friends take over the "big brother" role when it comes to some situations. My guy friends always listen to my problems or just the same old rants I give all the time because if something is wrong, or something has hurt me, they want to know, in order for them to try and fix it.

I am not trying to say that my girl friends are not my best friends either, and I really do have the best best friend. But sometimes, it just feels good to hangout with my guy friends. Guy friends, that I have never had a romantic relationship or feelings for and they have not had for me. These guys have always been there, and for that I am grateful.

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