From The Big Sister Who's Already Lived Through Being The Coach's Kid

From The Big Sister Who's Already Lived Through Being The Coach's Kid

High school can be tough, but you're my little brother, so you can make it.

High school can be intimidating no matter who you are. For some, it can be scarier than others. For some schools, high school starts at ninth, tenth, or even seventh grade. At Gaston, where I graduated from, they start in the seventh grade. So that means for all sixth graders you will be in high school next year.

Ending sixth grade can be awesome you feel like the top dog because you're the oldest in the building, but you know you're about to start seventh grade where you will be at the bottom of the food chain.

For you, my little brother, you are going into a whole new world. In the high school, your mom and dad will be in the same hallway as you. Honestly, you will probably see them about every time you are in the hallway. While that may seem cool don't make a habit of constantly going to their rooms. Some kids may think it is cool, but others may pick on you for it.

I know it's hard to listen to me because I am so much older than you. I mean by the time you start I will have been out of high school for four years. Yes, you can call me old; I still know what I'm talking about though.

When I was there it was cool because dad is the coach. It's still cool, but it's harder for you because you play for him. Little buddy, I want you to work hard for everything on and off the field.

High school can be the best time, but it can also be hell on earth. Literally, I'm not joking. There will be some days where you are just praying to make it to graduation, but do not worry that day will come.

Over the next five years, you will probably hear that exact sentence a thousand and one times. While you may roll your eyes and say "yeah right," the people saying that are telling you nothing but the truth.

Over the course of the next five years, you are going to grow and learn so much. You will learn how to execute the plays your dad lays out for you. There will be nights though you might want to walk off that field and never go back, While that day will come remember to look back at where you were when you started this journey. Remember that hard work always pays off.

That football game is always going to be important, but remember so is school. Without the grades, you cannot play so don't let them fall.

Also with your mom and dad in the same hallway, it may get tough at home, but always remember I'm just a phone call away. I am here every step of the way cheering you on. That is what I'm here for.

Finally, even when you want to quit and give up remember that you are my little brother, and remember the day you saw me graduate and how excited you were for me. That will be me the day you walk across that stage. So have fun and soak it in, kid. You're going to kill it in seventh grade.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

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.


the loving granddaughters

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To The Sister About To Move Away, Girl, You've Got This

You may not physically be here right now, but you're always with our family.


You were there on the day I was born, somehow sleeping soundly as our mom gave birth to me. I'll never forget the photograph of her presenting me to the world and you sitting beside her, holding up your newly-purchased beanie baby with pride as if being handed this toy was equal to the miracle of birth.

It was a crab, by the way, which somehow makes it funnier.

Growing up, you loved to trick me. You'd make me do chores for you and steal my favorite Barbies, but I think that's just part of being an older sister. I'd stick my tongue out at you and cry out the same phrase, "Mooooom, Sissy is being mean to me!" In fact, I yelled this phrase so often that it began to take on a musical quality.

You were mean at times, but you always had my back. You physically beat up other children that had wronged me, and you let me crawl into your bed so we could watch TV together and exchange stories. We'd often immerse ourselves in fantasy worlds where we were princesses and we rode unicorns side-by-side.

But we grew up, and our fantasy world evaporated like the muddy puddles we'd play in after stormy nights. One second it was there, and then, it was just gone. I remember having a conversation a few years back where we wondered if we had known the last time we played Barbies would, in fact, be our last.

When I was a seventh grader, you were a junior in high school. Our problems were very different back then, but that didn't stop us from talking endlessly about them. We were so similar. We bonded over cheerleading, cute boys, books and music. But even more than that, we bonded over our similar life views and questions about the universe. We both possessed an innate love for life yet we were both distrustful of society's guidelines.

Watching you enter new life phases enthralled me. I thought, Wow, that will be me someday. I danced around the house in each of your four prom dresses, my imagination taking me to a place much grander than a high school gymnasium. Through your stories, I romanticized the future and hoped that I would be as cool as you.

It was a little tough at times, though, always longing for a different part of life. When I entered junior high, all I wanted was to be in high school. When I entered high school, I decided college was much cooler because that's what you said. And you were certainly right about that one.

You were the only one I felt comfortable sharing my writing with, the only one I knew could read the meaning behind my sideways glances. We just got each other in every way.

And we still do. To this day, you are one of the people I love and trust most. I don't know what I am going to do without you by my side, as you've been right there for 20 years. But I'm so proud of you. Of the many things we would lay around and talk about throughout the years, one topic persisted: moving away. Moving used to be a pipe dream, something beautiful that lived in your mind but would never come to pass.

And then you took a chance. And now that dream is a reality.

I want you to know how much I admire you. You are so incredible and resilient. I've never met anyone so strong-minded and willing to fight for what she believes in. You would never compromise yourself or your values for another person, but you are generous with others and so kind-hearted.

You are curious about the world and have a desire to learn about life and the richness it has to offer. That is a special quality that cannot be learned. You are beautiful in every way and are truly a blessing to have as a sister.

And it is from these very qualities and so many others that I know you will do great on your own. Sure, it's super tough at first; nobody said it would be easy. But if anyone can do it, then that person is certainly you.

I will always cherish our moments together, and you can always count on me to be there on the sidelines cheering you on, no matter where your adventure takes you.

Much love,

Your Little Sis

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