Nani And Lilo From 'Lilo And Stitch'

My Sister And I Are The Real-Life Versions Of Nani And Lilo From 'Lilo And Stitch'

The similarities are uncanny.


Growing up, "Lilo And Stitch" has always been my favorite cartoon movie. I loved everything about this movie — the characters, the themes, and the settings. The thing that I really loved about this movie was the relationship between Nani and Lilo.

Nani was Lilo's older sister, who essentially became her mom after their parents tragically died. She looks after and supports Lilo like how any mom would. This reminds me of my sister and I's relationship so much. Growing up, my mom, a single parent, was always at work and never really home. So, instead, my sister took care of me the way a mother would. She looked after me and cared for me more than what a normal older sister would.

In the movie, Nani and Lilo have a 13-year difference in age, which leads them to constantly argue and fight. My sister and I have a 12-year difference. Due to this huge difference in age, the way we treat each other changes. Even though she's my older sister, I do look at my sister as a second mother sometimes. She has looked after my entire life and this bond makes us different than most sisters.

Just like Nani and Lilo, my sister and I have definitely bickered to the point where we have exchanged "I hate you." I may be generalizing, but I think it's fair to say that many people experience fights like these with their siblings.

When you and your sibling are polar opposites, shit always goes down.

My sister is the fire to my ice. The Ying to my Yang. Opposites for sure. Like Lilo and Nani, we would ignore each other for days. Our mom becomes the unwilling litigator. It also doesn't help that my sister looks down on me like a daughter to the point where she starts to control aspects of my life. I love her, but it can be a little overbearing.

At the end of the day, just like Lilo and Nani, we love each other more than anything and nothing can break it.

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10 Things I Hope My Little Sister Knows

Love you, little sis.


Hey little one,

First of all, thank you. Thank you for laughing at my cheesy jokes, for singing your heart out in the car with me, and for never failing to make me smile. I have loved you for your whole life, and, as your big sister, I hope I was able to teach you a few things, to let you in on a few secrets. This is to you. Here are a few things I hope you know and don't ever forget.

1.You are so, so incredibly loved.

Mom and dad love you more than you know, I love you like you wouldn't believe, and you have a God in Heaven who loves you more than you could ever possibly imagine. No matter what, you are always and forever loved. You have so much adoration and support surrounding you, please don't ever be afraid to fall.

2. I love you, but stop getting taller.

You are my little sister. People are starting to think it's the other way around. I can't introduce you as my “little" sister if you're taller than me.

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3. Learn from my mistakes.

It is no secret that I am far from perfect. I have made mistakes, and I pray that I am always brave enough to share them with you, so that you can learn from them. I hope that you can see my mistakes as stepping stones, placed out over the mess, that you might bypass some of the obstacles I've had to face.

4. He's cute. But you are still way too young.

I don't care if you're 15 now, you will always be my baby sis. I'm not sure exactly how long it will take for me to be OK with you having a boyfriend, but today is definitely not that day.

5. I get jealous of you. All. The. Time.

You're an awesome athlete, and I am so proud of you. But so help me if you break another one of my school records.

6. You will always have me in your corner.

I will always be your biggest advocate, and I won't ever let you stand alone. I will stand up for you until the end of time. Never doubt that I am on your side.

7. You are exceptionally good at irritating me.

You know every single pet peeve of mine, and you know the perfect ways to drive me crazy. But you are also exceptionally good at making me laugh.

8. You are beautiful.

Please, please, please hear me when I say this: You are gorgeous. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your smile and spark light up a room. You will hear things that will hurt, and you will be told lies designed to break you down. Please try your hardest not to ever listen to the pressures of today. Your uniqueness makes you special. You are you, and that is beautiful.

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9. I am always, no matter what, without a shadow of a doubt, here for you.

I may be away from home now, but I will never stop being on-call for you. Call me at 3 a.m., text me in the middle of the day. Come to me with your fears and with your hopes. Come to me in your happiest moments, so that I can laugh with you, and come to me in your saddest moments so that I might wipe your tears away. I will never stop standing behind you with open arms.

10. Even when I don't say it, I love you more than anything.

Sometimes we argue. Sometimes we don't get along, and sometimes I am not the sister you deserve. But please know that I love you more than anything. You inspire me constantly, I couldn't possibly be more proud. I love you little sis.

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9 Things You Hear Growing Up As An Only Child

No, I don't get lonely.


Having no siblings definitely has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Most people jump to the conclusion that you're spoiled or were an accident since your parents didn't have other kids, but being an only child is actually amazing. While my parents didn't give me every single thing I wanted, they taught me lots and I did earn everything I got.

1. Don't you get lonely?

Well, no, I do have friends. It also helped growing up when technology wasn't quite exactly where it is today. Everyone would play outside or with each other as opposed to behind a screen, and it kept everyone more connected. It also taught me that it's okay to spend time alone and it can actually be refreshing.

2. Do you wish you had siblings?

Occasionally growing up, the thought crossed my mind, but I never dreaded not having siblings.

3. Do you get everything you want?

Haha! Not even close!

4. You must be spoiled

With love, definitely. I might have gotten more than if I were to have a sister or brother, but my parents definitely taught me how to work for what I want.

5. Why didn't your parents want more kids?

When you do it right the first time, why would you need to have more? It just isn't what my parents wanted, but it worked out just fine.

6. Are your parents stricter since there are no other children to focus on?

I wouldn't say that fact alone makes a parent more or less strict. Yes, there were more eyes and focus on me, but my parents still allowed me to do things with friends and have freedoms.

7. What's it like being an only child?

I wouldn't consider it anything special. It was just how I grew up and I think I had a pretty good childhood.

8. You must not like to share

You're right, I don't. Who does? But it doesn't mean I can't or don't know how to.

9. Are you close with your parents?

Absolutely, and I love it!

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