May 21, 2014

My Sister is Graduating High School

Dear Ellie on Your Graduation Day,

Today, you graduate high school.

Something many have done before you, and many will do after, though that doesn't make it any less exciting!

This is the ending of the only life you've ever known - a life filled with parents helping to make sure you get fed, get to school on time, and the beginning of  a life where you are in control of every little detail of your daily existence from the food you put in your mouth to the people you choose to keep company with.

I hope you make it to class on time!

I can't even believe we're here watching you walk in a cap and gown.
I remember very distinctly driving you to your last day of 5th grade knowing that it was the last time I would drive you or anyone to our Elementary School.
I remember when we were babies.
I would hold you and pretend you were my little baby.
Do you remember that guy on the plane who asked if I was your mom? On the way back from Ohio? haha!

But I am not your Mother,
I am your sister and I take great pride in that role.
I have loved seeing you get ready for dances, dates and big events.
Listening to you talk about boys,
and vent about school and snotty girls.
It has been a joy watching you grow up. (I have to throw in some corn El!)

I remember spending hours wondering what you would be like when you grew up.
Who would you look like?
What kinds of interests would you have?
What would your career be? (Yay for nursing! Don't forget to come to me for help there!!)
I still do wonder theses things.

You are more beautiful than I ever could have imagined,

I guess with my almost seven year lead in life, I should have some kind of advice for you?

Don't worry if you don't feel like a grown up yet.
I still don't.
Sure, I pay some bills, and oh yeah I got married, but I'm still waiting for the day when I feel like an adult.
Despite you calling me OLD ;-)
You'll get there.

Never lose touch with your friends.
Especially your best friend.....ME! ;-)
Hold on to them.They are a piece of you.
There might be times when the only thing you have in common is your shared history.
But that is enough.
Because the people who saw you through school, who allowed you to grow up without letting you grow apart, are the people you want surrounding you.

Love your family.
Especially your eldest sister...ME! ;-)
We are the ones that are always there no matter what.
If you don't already know it, there will come a day that you realize how insanely lucky you are to have a family that's not absent, insane, or (at least not completely) dysfunctional.
Things are not always perfect, but you have a family that loves you and supports you in whatever you choose to do.

Keep exercising in college. That Freshman 15 is one cruel Bitch.
Do not skip your classes (too many times).
Find a job that fits in with your schedule (I recommend being a Lifeguard!!)
Don't get bitter - just get better.

Above all else, know that I will always be there for you.
It doesn't matter where you go, what you do, who you marry, what you believe in, I will always be here, ready to hold you like I did when you were babies.

Love Your Big Sister,
Lauren

4 comments:

  1. This is so sweet!! Congrats to your sister!

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  2. I found your blog because of the 10 Day You Challenge you did back in 2012. I decided to see if you're still blogging and omg this made me cry! My little sister is 12 years younger and the whole way through I imaged reading it to her. So very sweet and heartfelt!

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  3. So sweet! My baby brother is now 26. Where does the time go?!?

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  4. How sweet!!! Congrats to your sister!! Oh my gosh ya'll look just a like!!! :)

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