A Letter To My Sister

A Letter To My Sister

You may be the middle child, but you're the oldest in my eyes.
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Dear Meghan,

It is unbelievable where our lives have taken us. We've grown apart. It's weird to me how we once were so close, so inseparable, but now it is almost like I don't know you. We grew up together and shared bonds with each other, but those bonds ultimately led to nothing.

Meghan, I lived in the same room with you for about 13 years and now I barely speak to you. After Amanda left for college, it was just you and me for about two years. Although I was only 13 or 14 years old, we hung out almost all the time. It wasn't weird at all to me because I wanted to hang out with you and your friends. You always wanted me around with your friends. You even let me go to your parties, even if they were at home and because you did not want me to tell Mom. The garage parties were fun, mostly because I was 14 years old and I felt cool because I was partying with high school kids when I was still in middle school.

But then you left for college once I finally got into high school. And it was different, a lot different since it was just mom and me left at home. But it was also cool for me because people would ask about you and I would say you go to a school in Montana and they would always want to talk about it. It was definitely a conversation starter for my freshmen year in high school. I was always so happy when you would come home on your breaks from college. We would get back to old times and it felt like nothing ever changed.

But then once I graduated from high school, our relationship changed. I could not tell you when or why because it was so gradual, I did not even notice it was happening until it really happened. I went off to college and then that was that. We no longer had a bond anymore, and I think it partially was my fault. I was so wrapped around my boyfriend at the time that I never let you in because you hated him so much that I hated you for hating him. And I pushed you away. It sucks that I let a guy get in the way of our sisterhood.

Although I could blame it all on a guy, I also think I just grew up and started standing up for myself. I no longer felt like I had to keep quiet about my feelings or my thoughts. I no longer felt like keeping my opinions to myself or letting you push me around. I eventually just became an adult and I wasn't a child anymore. When I was a child, that's when we had a bond, but then when I grew up that's when we truly drifted and we haven't been the same since.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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