A Letter To My Baby Sister

A Letter To My Baby Sister

I love your sassiness, your spunk, and your humor, and so should you.

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16 years ago, I was still the baby of the family getting all the attention and being spoiled rotten. When I was 3 years old, my life changed forever, but for the better. Even though I will admit I didn't like sharing the spotlight with you at first, I am so thankful that I did, because now you're one of my best friends.

Fast forward 15 years and you're a freshman in high school, and you're taking your teenage years by storm. You have a different personality than me in certain ways, but in many, we are nearly identical. From our facial expressions to our weird jokes, and our dramatic storytelling, people say we are a lot alike. Your optimism and zest for life inspires me to be more carefree and enjoy the little things, and even though you're younger, I am always learning from you. Seeing you slowly transform from a goofy little kid wearing gauchos and singing with me on the fireplace, to a beautiful teenager who curls her own hair and can actually carry a conversation, is one of the strangest, yet most rewarding things I've witnessed. It seems like just yesterday we were putting on dance shows in our living room and running "M&M; Salon".

As you continue on this wild journey that is life, always remember who you are and all you have to offer. Whenever you do bad on a test or lose a volleyball game, know that you always have so many people in your corner rooting for you and loving you regardless of the score. Never forget the losses that have made your spirit stronger and all the growth you have made in these past few years. Each and every person is different, in families, in high school, in friend groups, and in just about every aspect of life, you're going to be different than other people, and that's okay. Embrace yourself and your strengths, in order to be the best version of yourself. Cherish these moments in high school with your best friends, as they are tons of fun and far too precious. I promise you, you will never be too cool to go to football games, dances, or pep assemblies, and it is totally okay to stay in on a Friday night with your squad. You're a kid, and not for much longer, so cherish it!

Soon you will have your license (eek) and mom and your friend's parents won't have to drive you to the movies or to the mall. You will be cruising around and it will seem like you have all the freedom in the world. I encourage you to be independent, get a part-time job, and start paving your way to be a mature and independent young woman because that is awesome and such a good experience for you. However, don't forget about our awesome mom. She does so much for us and loves you more than you know, so always tell her you love her when you leave, and for the love of all good things, please eat her dinners some nights, even when it's meatloaf. She wants nothing more than for you to be happy and independent, but you're the last one, and something tells me though she will never admit it, she really will be a little sad when she's finally "done" and you leave home (even though her job will never really be over).

I hope the next four years are everything you wish for and more, along with all the ones to follow, because well, you deserve nothing less. You're a light in this world, and one of my favorite souls. Shoot for the moon, I believe in you.

I love you.

xoxo,

Your Big Sister

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To The Best Friend That Turned Into A Stranger

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters. Then we went to college.

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When you hear the world soulmate you think of the person you're destined to spend the rest of your life with.

The person you marry, have kids with, and love unconditionally for the rest of your life. For me, I found my soulmate. Not in a boy, but in a best friend.

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters.

Some even thought my little sister was your twin. We did everything together, and quickly you became apart of my family. I think you spent the last 4 years staying at my house more than your own. Even when I was 10 hours away at college you were still there with my family.

We went through the ups and downs of high school together.

We were there for each other through every heartbreak, trauma, and loss. Even 549 miles away from each other, I knew you would be there anytime I needed you because we always stuck by each others sides.

We even got tattoos together, because we were the type of friends that would never not be in each other's lives. When people saw me, they saw you. If you weren't around, they would ask where you were.

Until everything fell apart, I left college and you went to college.

We didn't see each other as often as we did but we still talked. I could feel you pulling away and I didn't know why. You found a new friend, and i am so happy you did because the last thing I would want, would for you to be alone in college. But you quickly replaced me. You would come home during breaks and spend 1 day with me and the rest with her.

The reasoning why you said you weren't spending time with me was hurtful, and it's not something I'll mention here. But just know it hurts. Asking for you to give me back the key I gave you for my house hurt.

I know you've been through a lot, and even after all the fighting, I reached out to you.

Because I will always care about you and love you like a sister. But you can only try so hard to fight for someone that doesn't want to be in your life anymore.

I hope you find pure happiness, you deserve it. Just know I miss you and I always will. No one prepared me for the pain I would feel when losing my soulmate.

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An Open Letter To Older Brothers, With All The Things Your Younger Brothers Won't Admit

This is what everyone with older brothers won't admit, so I'll do it for us all.

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Older Brothers:

As we get older, we definitely begin to grasp at the importance of our relationship with each other. More specifically, the path of substantial growth that develops and unfolds as we get older bewilders us, yet we find ourselves elated with the direction that it is taking. Although we used to unconditionally hate each other, times change substantially the older we become.

We all truthfully appreciate the weight of the growth more than you do, and we'll explain why further in this letter alongside the stages of our relationship.

Ironically, it is very hysterical to think as far back as we can remember to when we were little kids. We definitely caused our parents to be overwhelmed with extraordinary stress, but it did not matter to us. The first stage of our relationship was as innocent and peaceful as could be, at least before the storm arrives later on. We truly appreciate engaging in nothing but fun with you. You were our first tour guide in the world, and your hobbies became ours. We could often be found disappearing into endeavors, on a life or death mission as we saw it.

Simply put, we were in it together, whatever it was.

Even with small and insignificant bickering every once in a while, it never amounted to anything terrible. All we cared about was exploding with our energy and breaking the ornery meter with you. Thank you for embracing this first stage of enjoyment with us. It seemed to pass by incredibly fast, especially with stage two of our relationship on the horizon.

Stage two was a huge love-hate time. It was also by far the most growthful and helpful time for us, even though it certainly did not seem that way. As we entered into our pre-teens and then into middle school, all we cared about was undermining you. For some reason that we really do not know how to explain, we attempted to find an edge.

Stage two of our relationship was filled with fighting that usually ended in us losing. This specifically helped us to learn how to deal with crap. You also had all your high school friends more or less beat us up. You also always expected us to be at our best. As you progressed through high school, we were beginning to learn it all. This is where the love of love-hate came into play. Although we also never explicitly understood or acknowledged it, you inspired us. Being older, you had already experienced a lot and helped us through the worst.

Stage two was definitely a rollercoaster of love-hate (more hate in our minds), but we later learned you were dope.

In the final stage of growth in our relationship, we learned that we had and have a built-in forever best friend relationship. In our late high school years, college, and beyond, we finally realized the impact you had on us. You are honestly probably happier than us that we finally grew up, but we never admit we were and are the perfect duo, two peas in a pod. We grew up together and experienced a lot. So here's to us, even though we will always be better than you.

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