10 Things You Realize When Your Little Sister Grows Up

10 Things You Realize As Your Little Sister Grows Up And Becomes Her Own Person

Nothing could ever compare to the bond of two sisters.

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Having a little sister is a blessing. They are basically a built-in best friend who follows you around to the end of the earth. Even when you don't want them to. They take your clothes, copy everything you do, and look up to you. As they start to grow up though and figure out who they are, there are a few things that you realize. Here are ten of them:

1. Your clothes go missing more often.

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Have you ever gone past your sister and did a double take at what she was wearing. Plenty of times I have noticed my sister wearing my shoes or a jacket, taken directly from my closet. Don't even get me started on how much she raids your closet once you leave for college.

Sometimes though, you got to admit, that she pulls off some of your clothes better than you do.

2. She asks you to drive her everywhere.

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Apparently having an older sibling that can drive is the coolest thing. Thus, she wants you to take her everywhere and anywhere. However, memories can be made this way and it can actually be fun to jam out to music while driving on the freeway.

3. Sarcastic teenage-girl sass is real.

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You ask her a question and she gives you a sassy remark. Time after time, she replies with statements and attitudes that almost make you question why you hang out with her.

4. No boy will ever be good enough for her.

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This is a big one. You will know he's the one when I approve, just because I am so hard on anyone that comes near my siblings. Future boyfriends of my sister, beware.

5. She will always be game to come along on an adventure.

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When in doubt, your sister will come with you. I can't tell you how many times I took my sister somewhere with me because I didn't want to go alone, or she was the only one who would come with me. It's pretty touching when your sister is willing to do something boring in order to hang out with you.

6. Until she gets too cool and decides her friends are more fun.

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Then there are the times when she's too busy with her friends to hang out with you. So you better enjoy the moments when she is with you before they disappear in her teen years.

7. She looks up to you.

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No matter what she may do or say, you are her role model. She looks to you for advice, how to deal with life, and for all the details on what is cool and in style. She may get annoying at times, but she loves you, and she wants to be just like you.

8. You will always worry about her.

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Every move she makes and decision she decides will worry you. You don't want her making any of the mistakes you did and wish you could bubble wrap the whole world and shield her from any harm. It's a dark and scary place out there and you don't want it to touch her.

9. She is your best friend.

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Who is always game for movie nights? Who will go with you to a coffee shop at the drop of a hat? Who will take photos for you for your Instagram?

Your sister is your best friend and will never leave you. Through thick and thin, she is the one you can always count on.

10. No matter how old she gets, she will always be your little sister.

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She may get older and wiser and not need you as much, but no matter what, she will stay your little sister. You will always try to keep the world from harming her and protect her from every little thing.

Sisters are precious relationships that last forever. Go hug your sister today and tell her you love her.

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To My Sister On Her Wedding Day

“I thank God every day that I haven’t had to spend a day of my life without her by my side.”
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A few weeks ago, my sister married the man of her dreams. I am happy to say that I couldn’t imagine a more perfect fit for my sister. At the wedding I gave a speech, because as the maid of honor, that was one of my obligations. I wrote my speech ahead of time because I tend to get nervous speaking in front of crowds of 200+. Now that the wedding is over, I would like to share the speech that I prepared.

“Hello everyone. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Caroline and I am the bride’s little sister. As you probably know, weddings are not the easiest to plan, and Kassi isn’t always the easiest to please, so the Pevonka household has been pretty crazy these last few weeks. With all the madness going on, it was easy to forget the reason for it all. Now that the chaos has ended, it has finally hit me that my big sis is getting married. Looking at her right now, I can’t help but get a little emotional. My sister is the most beautiful woman I know. Yes, she has her hair done and make-up on, but that’s not the kind of beautiful I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong, my sister is a sold 10, but that kind of physical beauty fades with age. My sisters beauty shines from within and touches everyone she meets. Zach, I hope you know that you are the luckiest man in the world.

Kassi, I am so proud of the way you took charge and raised Keegan; I mean it takes a special kind of person to raise a child at the age of 20. I never had a doubt in my mind that she would be the amazing mom that she is because she has had it in her her entire life. Ever since I can remember, Kassi has been the second mom I never wanted. She dressed me, drove my carpool to school, and even told me which boys I wasn’t allowed to date. While her bossiness led to many fights in my teenage years, I can’t thank her enough for looking out for me all these years. I thank God every day that I haven’t had to spend a day of my life without her by my side.

Zach, I want you to know that my sister loves you more than anything in the entire world. Trust me, she would not be marrying you if she didn’t feel that way. My sister is a perfectionist and doesn’t settle for anything or anyone, so in her eyes, you are as close to perfect as they come. I couldn’t imagine a better fit for my sister, only someone as calm as you can handle her sassiness all the time.

In life we are never promised anything. We aren’t promised the job of our dreams or the big house we always wanted. We aren’t promised the nicest things, or a lifetime of health. But one thing that I can promise you, Zach, is that my sister will love you unconditionally every day for the rest of her life. Whatever life may throw at you, whatever challenges you may have to face, never forget to check your side because my sister will always be right there. She is the kind that you can count on for life.

Congrats to the happy couple. I love you guys.”

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To The Older Sibling I Never Had, I Wish You Were Here To Guide Me

I know you don't exist, and I know you never will, but sometimes I catch myself imagining a life with you in it.

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Even though years have passed since this horrific day, it still haunts my memory. Starting high school is a terrifying feeling and an insane transition when you don't have anyone to guide you through it. It was a mere 15-step walk to the door, and once I was inside my parents promised me there would be somebody there to help me find my classes, so why did I feel like I was being thrown straight into the gates of hell? I counted down the minutes until we pulled into the school parking lot and dreaded the sound of the car door opening and the anticipated start to the "best four years of my life."

As we were pulling up, I saw a girl who went to the same middle school as I following her older brother, who was a senior through the front doors as if it had been rehearsed at home. At this moment, I would have given my right foot to walk in her shoes right behind an older brother just this once. Eventually, with no place to hide, I just walked inside.

Unfortunately, this would not be the last of my longing for guidance from the older sibling I've never had.

I get it, I got a B in math. I get it, if I would have spent last Friday night studying instead of out with my friends it is possible that I could have gotten an A. But, what my parents seemed to not get was that life actually does go on even if you get a B on a report card. Time doesn't stop, your dreams don't diminish, and you are still viewed as a fairly competent person.

Luckily for my younger sisters, it seems my parents eventually did get it at the cost of my phone being taken away for three months and my social life ceasing to exist for the rest of that school year. As I spent every Friday night at home studying I longed, for just this once, to have an older sibling who was willing to take this hit for me.

Why did nobody tell me that it's actually more fun to go to school dances with friends than the boy you barely know who is just desperate for some conversation with the opposite sex?

I always wondered why that girl I went to middle school with never took a date to any of our formals or homecomings. Eventually, four homecomings and two proms later, I realized that this was because stumbling through the awkward introductions to family, tolerating the completely posed and overdone photos that would never actually be posted anywhere because you didn't talk outside of this forced interaction, and small talk over fruit punch and loud music was never actually necessary. Of course, I passed this message to my younger sisters and saved them the struggle of finding out for themselves.

Don't even get me started on being the first sibling to have to navigate applying to colleges.

I really could have used you then. I'm convinced there is nothing more difficult than trying to fill out a FAFSA or Common Application with absolutely no guidance or experience. Is my application essay long enough? Should I apply for early or regular admission? What if I don't get accepted anywhere? As selfish as it sounds, I would have given my other foot not to have to find these things out for myself.

I'd trade a lifetime worth of shotgun privileges to have you in my life to help me figure this stuff out.

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