To My Younger Sister, I Will Always Be There For You

To My Younger Sister, I Will Always Be There For You

There will soon be new beginnings for the both of us

Watching you grow into the person you are today is one of the biggest joys in my life. You have matured into such an accomplished, young girl. We have made countless memories from splashing around in the pool together to marathoning F.R.I.E.N.D.S to driving to school. I cannot believe that I am leaving you in less than a month.

Growing up, we had very contrasting personalities. While I was very fast-paced and always lived on the edge, you loved taking your time. You were very artistic and creative. You were an introvert who preferred reading books over parties. Meanwhile, I was an extrovert and loved going to parties and dances. However, we made such a great team and our personalities complemented each other perfectly.

You were the best sister any girl would dream of having. You happily accepted my hand-me-down clothing. You supported me during the college admission process. You brought me water, medicine, and food when I got sick. You put up with all of my drama without complaining.

During our fights over toys or clothes, I remembered how we would eventually end up rolling over on the ground and laughing over how silly it was. We always made up so quickly and went back to being the best buddies. I always felt so bad whenever you went to bed mad at me.

As I am preparing to leave for college, I want to tell you some tips that I wish I had known during my childhood. The most important one is to treasure the time with your parents and to always listen to them. Even though they may seem very demanding and annoying now, they only want what is best for you. It is better to listen to them now than to regret your decision later on. If you do not agree with what they are saying, be sure to speak up so they can hear your opinion too. This way, your relationship with them will be much more clear and stable.

Another tip to keep in mind is to appreciate your childhood. I know you always think that you can not wait to be an adult and move away. However, being an adult has much more responsibilities and stress than you can imagine. Learn how to value and make the most of your stress-free childhood now. Time flies faster than you think.

The last tip I want to impart to you is that you should try new hobbies. When you grow older, you realize that you do not have as much free time as you used to. You will no longer have time to read that newly released young adult novel or draw. Since you have the time now, it is essential that you make the most of it.

There will soon be new beginnings for the both of us. Our lives are just getting started. As we both embark on new adventures, I want to let you know that no matter what (just as stated in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. theme song) I will always be there for you.

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To The Girl Who May As Well Be My Little Sister, Just Wanted To Say 'Thank You'

Thank you for choosing me.

We all have those families that end up getting extremely close to our own families and I happened to be blessed by our family friends, they gave me a little sister. I have always dreamt of having a little sister since my wishes of having a little brother have been fulfilled twice, I always wondered what it would be like to have a sister who is younger than me. One that I could pass all of the girl advice on to because I obviously can't do that with my brothers, they'd look at me like I had five heads.

I just wanted to say a few thank you's to you because you definitely deserve them.

1. Thank you for always supporting me.

Even though you are younger than me, you support my dreams and my wishes.

2. Thank you for always telling me what's best for me.

Sometimes I can blind myself and go the wrong direction but you are always there to tell me right from wrong, even if I'm older than you.

3. Thank you for dealing with me when I vent to you.

I know it may be annoying because let's face it, I vent a lot.

4. Thank you for always making me laugh or smile.

Whether I'm having a good or bad day I know you are always there to cheer me up.

5. Thank you for listening to my crazy stories.

I only tell you these so you won't make the same mistakes in the future.

6. Thank you for accepting me.

I know it was hard at first because we didn't really know one another but I'm glad we grew such a close bond.

7. Thank you for hanging out with me.

You are most likely always at the same events my family goes too and I'm so lucky to have you to talk too so I don't have to have adult conversations.

8. Thank you for keeping me updated on everything back home.

I miss out on a lot at college but you always keep me in the loop.

9. Thank you for picking me to look up too.

Not many people would, so thank you.

10. Thank you for being my little sister.

I'll always be here whenever you need me.

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The Thank You I Never Told My Siblings

This is a thank you for the times I didn’t say it. A thank you for when I yelled or cried instead of embracing your hug.

Everyone out there has somebody to thank. The question is though, do they know you appreciate them? My two older brothers are some of the most protective, fun, selfless people out there and I know they would do anything to make sure I am successful and happy. That is a sibling love I wish everyone could feel.

Growing up, they used to frustrate the dickens out of me with how they would behave, how perfect they were, how protective they would be if I even mentioned I was friends with some of the male gender, but they would also have my back.

They’re the someone that drops everything to help me with a hard class, takes time to pick up the phone to check in on me, or remind the boy I’m dating that they aren’t as far as away as they seem if something goes wrong.

Brothers are funny. You think they’ll help you figure out how men’s minds work… but they don’t. You hope they’ll keep their mouth shut about a certain topic so that you can have one calm family dinner. But you never wish for them to leave.

It’s weird growing older and realizing two of your best friends aren’t 10 feet away from you when you’re studying. They have their own lives to keep track of, their own work to get done, and another girl to watch over.

This is satisfying but can also be heartbreaking. As I’ve gone through college, meeting others and hearing about their family relationships I realize I am blessed with a very close family and it should never be taken for granted.

A sister that always wants to talk is a blessing, not an inconvenience, brothers that “remind” other guys that you have a high level of protection is most definitely a perk, and parents that support you no matter what happens is one of the best gifts you can be given.

This is a thank you for the times I didn’t say it. A thank you for when I yelled or cried instead of embracing your hug. This is a thank you for building me and reminding me I am capable. Wouldn’t trade any of the embarrassment you have caused me, for the world. Majority of the time, I bring it on myself.

Thank you to all you have been there when I wasn’t looking.

(Side note: Oldest brother not pictured in the photo, but he is just as relevant as the others)

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