There is always a time in any siblings life where the relationship is a tumultuous one. My parents had my brother and I very young and well, we were accidents. My baby sister on the other hand was planned and we knew it. The age difference between my sister Michelle and I is seven years. She was an annoying little girl as most are when you hit those high school years and everything matters; constantly wanting to hang out with me and my friends and cramp my style as I would point out to my mother, who really didn’t care. I was a free babysitter and that was that!
I never really cared for my baby sister growing up. We had a strained relationship and I hated the fact that she was the planned child. She was wanted. Boy did I have a lot of growing up to do. Turns out that most people really don’t have it all figured out when they are teenagers. Try telling me that then and not now and I bet you would have been met with a stone wall. I would have laughed at myself if I could have caught a glimpse into my future hearing myself say that I didn’t have it all figured out then.
It wasn’t until about two years before I got married that my sister and I really started to connect; about six years ago. We had moved across the country to Philadelphia and I started to miss the interaction I had with my baby sister. She was fresh out of high school and starting to explore the world on her own. She would call me late at night and we would talk and really started to build a friendship and bond. I had asked her to be my maid of honor and that’s when we really started to get close. It was fun having her help me with the wedding.
She has gone through some very tough times since then. Married and divorced, almost married again and broken up, a single mother to my handsome, almost four year old nephew and some heartbreak that no one person should ever have to deal with in one lifetime, let alone in just 25 years. Yet through it all she has grown to be an amazing person, a wonderful mother, a fun and witty woman and my best friend, my boo. Yes, I call her Boo ~ I gave her that nickname long before Monster’s Inc made it awesome!
She turned 25 a couple weeks ago and today she closes escrow on her very first home! An exciting day for her and I had to let her know how proud of her I am. Through everything she has had to deal with she continues to keep her head lifted and put a smile on her face. Yes, at times a very cynical smile but a smile nonetheless and I love it! I am proud of you baby sister. You have grown up and I couldn’t be happier for the life you are creating for yourself. I love you!