Letter for my Big Sister

Friday, June 05, 2015


Letter for my Big Sister

Dear E.,

When I was a little kid, you were my favorite babysitter. You made everything so much more fun, and I looked up to you as if you were my older sister. 

You were the one who taught me how to style my hair. How to build the perfect fort. How to impress my neighborhood crush without having to try so hard. I remember the feeling of freedom, driving around in your red convertible, my hair blowing in the wind as we laughed and turned up the music, my Hilary Duff CD, or perhaps Britney Spears. I remember visiting you during your first year in college at Texas State, of feeling like a college kid myself, despite having a whole decade to go before I could become one.

You never made me feel like I was a just a little kid. You treated me like a friend. You made me feel like I mattered, and you were often the one who rescued me when I was frustrated with my family. You were my mentor, showing me what truly mattered in life without being overbearing about it. You set an example I could believe in.

The last time I saw you, I was about twelve years old. You took my sister and I to the beach, and showed us how to sneak into the pool of a really nice hotel, a trick that made my teen years much more exhilarating. You gave me an enthusiasm for life, a passion for making the most out of every moment. 

Now, you’re a teacher with a daughter of your own, and I’m all grown up. I can’t remember the last time we spoke, but you are always in my thoughts. You have never stopped being someone I look up to. The memories you gave me are always in my mind, and I’m so grateful to you for being such a big part of my childhood.

Honestly, I was quite a lost child. I didn’t really feel like I belonged anywhere, but you gave me a place I could feel I belonged. You helped steer me on the right path to who I am, and who I was meant to become. And I will always love you and admire you for that.

I hope your daughter will always know how lucky she is to have you for a mother. You are one of the greatest, kindest, and most influential people I know. You are there when you are needed, and you know just what to say and do to make everything okay again. And I will never forget that my life has been made better for knowing you. Thanks for being the big sister I needed.

With love,


Kayla

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