Well, here we are…your 28th birthday. This is only the second time we’ve been apart for your birthday, and needless to say, I miss you. I want to wrap you up in a giant hug. I want to dry your tears. I want to tell you that everything is going to be OK. I want us to laugh together like we used to. Do you remember those times? When we’d laugh about the oddest things that only we thought were funny, and we didn’t care because we could always count on the other to understand.
You and I? We’ve been through a lot, that’s for sure — far more than many sisters our age. Maybe that’s what makes us ‘us.’ You’re the only person in this whole universe that I can ever imagine calling my sister. And believe it or not, I look up to you each and every day, in so many ways. I know what you’re thinking, and I can actually picture you right now saying, “Stop, stop.” But, no, no. I most certainly won’t stop. I’ve looked up to you from that time you were about six, when you spent an entire day teaching yourself how to ride a bike and wouldn’t come inside until you’d mastered it. I’ve looked up to you during all those times you sat with me in my hospital room, when most kids your age were swinging from the monkey bars on the playground. I’ve looked up to you for your determination in earning your college degree. I’ve looked up to you from the moment you were born, and even though you’d disagree with me know, I look up to you right now — at this moment — because you are working so very hard to get the help you’ve needed for so very long.
You know, you’ve been thanking us so much lately — thanking us for helping you and for sticking by you through it all. Well, if you want my opinion (which, being your big sister, I know you do…), I don’t think you should be the one doing the apologizing. I should be thanking you. Thanking you for everything. For all the love. For all the laughs. For all the hugs. For all the fun sisterly time. I’ve appreciated it all so much more than you’ll ever know
I’m proud to call you my sister. I’m proud of the bond we have, and I look forward to more happy years together. So happy birthday, little sister. I love you, and you’ll always be my #1 BEST FRIEND… xoxo