I was 6 when it happened, 21 years ago today to be precise. I was sitting in my kindergarten classroom when the teacher walked in with my grandma. “Time to go to the hospital!” I vividly remember being so incredibly excited.
I don’t remember the car ride to the hospital or taking the elevator up to the room. But I do remember, we walked into the room and I sat in the chair next to the hospital bed. Then my dad placed this little bundle of wiggling blankets in my lap. I looked down and there she was, this little pink thing with chubby cheeks and green eyes. Ellie <3
There is a pretty big age gap between my sister and me. And I won’t lie, we fought, like most siblings do but I love her all the same. Since, it’s her 21st birthday I’ve come up with 21 things I’ve learned from having a little sister.
- She never got in as much trouble as I did. Ever! I’m thinking that’s the “younger sibling” effect.
- I am always teaching. Since I am 6 years older I definitely know more about everything, boys, clothes, music, math…
- I am always learning. She teaches me to be stronger and how to push myself further.
- I know what unconditional love is.
- I will always have someone in my life to tell me the truth. Regardless if I want it, asked for it or needed it. She will always tell me.
- There is at least one person in my life who will never let me down.
- I’ll always have someone to talk to at 3am when I’ve been out drinking with friends or at 9pm on a Sunday while watching the Bachelorette.
- She knows me better than I know myself. Since we’ve been through everything together, I know how she thinks and she knows how I think.
- I always have someone to laugh with. Seriously, I don’t think we go 5 min without laughing. (Usually at each other or a really stupid joke.)
- She always knows the best movies. (I know all about the best books, we balance each other out)
- If she’s upset, my first instinct is to
killseriously maim whoever hurt her. I can’t be the only older sibling who is over protective. Right? Sharing.Saying goodbye to “my” stuff.
- I know someone will always be in my corner and vice versa. “Ellie, I think we should do all 4 Disney parks in one day. It’ll be fun!” “Anna, that’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. I’m in!”
- There’s no one I will forgive and forget faster. I mean really, we’re sisters. It’s our job to fight. But I can’t stay mad at her forever, I mean there are things we need to talk about, like what are we getting mom for Mother’s Day next weekend!
- I’ve learned to be a role model. I came first, that means I should be a good example. Well I’m not a good example all the time, but when I mess up she doesn’t make the same mistakes.
- She comes first. Something’s wrong? I’ll be right over. You need help? What can I do. You need to bury a body? I’m not asking questions, but I’ll bring a shovel.
- I’ve learned how to be a personal wallet. 6 years younger means she’s still in college. Still in college means broke. Broke means “Anna will you buy me this?” or my personal favorite “Anna, I didn’t have money to buy a card.” “Don’t worry, I already bought one for you.”
- I have a personal secret keeper. We can talk about anything and know when to keep secrets. It must be in our DNA because I have no idea how we just “know” to keep somethings hidden between us.
- That being said… Privacy is nonexistent. She knows everything about me and me, her.
- Stop and Smell the Roses. While we’re always going and our lives aren’t always in sync, I’ve learned when I’m with her to stop and relax. She’s the one person I can be my complete self with.
- She will always be my best friend.
Happy 21st Birthday Baby Sister! I love you more than anything.