I am one of the people who are lucky enough to have not just one, but two older sisters, April and Amanda! Throughout my life they have taught me innumerable lessons since day one.
As a toddler, I spoke extremely early and read books by the age of three. Most of the credit for this must go to my older sisters, whom in various home videos led me around the house laughing the whole time. In one such video my oldest sister was holding me as an infant and the other was naming states on our country’s map. I followed them everywhere from the time I could crawl, and they taught me everything they knew, which was quite a lot for an eight and five year old.
Their academic excellence continued to make an impression on me throughout my school years as they helped me with homework, taught me foreign languages, and set the example of graduating as valedictorians and going on to college. Of course, they encouraged me to do the same, and I look up to them for aspiring to their dreams.
There is a considerable gap between me and my older sisters, just enough for them to share their wisdom, but still a small enough gap for it to stay relevant. As a teenager, I sometimes got myself into some sticky situations, as we all do, but luckily for me, Amanda was there to lend me a hand. It meant so much to me then when she would cover for me and keep my secrets. My sister still holds secrets no one else knows but us and she and I will always have that special bond.
I was blessed when my sister asked us to be in her wedding during the Summer of 2010. April was her maid of honor and I was a bridesmaid. Our younger brother was even involved with the ceremony, and we all held this honor close to our hearts. Being that I am the “most girly” sibling, I did my sister’s hair and makeup for the big day. One of our favorite pictures from this day has me standing behind her with this shocked look on my face and a curling iron in my hand. My sister had no idea why the photographer or I was laughing so hard until she saw the pictures after the fact.
Perhaps the most heartwarming experience I can share about my sisters is that they have never abandoned me; even when many of my other family members no longer have contact with me, they do. My sisters and I do not live close to each other, 120 miles and 615 miles apart respectively, and I am proud to say I know they are only a phone call away and they always keep their doors wide open. I love April and Amanda more than anything, and I wouldn’t have picked anyone else to grow up with or continue to grow with today!!