To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each others hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrects, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
— Clara Ortega
Growing up with little sisters can sometimes be the greatest light in life, while also being a complete nightmare. Living with evolving and growing teenage girls, I got to see all the highs and experience all the lows. When we were younger we usually got along, but would fight like normal siblings. It was not until I got to college did our relationships really seem to grow to a different level.
Living in a “hookup” society where finding a girl who is worth investing time in is challenging. Its not just challenging finding the right one, but it is challenging not giving in to all the pure pressures that surround us. Having little sisters has taught me how a girl should be treated, how one should act and what signs scream "NO". As big brothers we live by the saying, "Sometimes being a big brother is even better than being a superhero." Being a superhero is a pretty cool job, but being a big brother is even better.
Dear my little sisters,
I never tell you how much you actually mean to me. Each family has their own inside jokes, and I wouldn't trade ours for anything in the world. You can all turn a bad day into a good one, by your dynamic personalities and each and every personality is significantly different.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of each and every one of you. Watching you each play the sport you love brings ultimate joy to me. I love watching you compete and do what you love to do. I will alway be your biggest critic but will always support you unconditionally. No matter what your going through, I will always be here for you.
I remember when you called me crying because of a guy for the first time. I think that's when I realized my opinion really mattered to you. I remember being ready to come through the phone to take his head off. Despite having no real control over the situation, I remember listening to you take responsibility and figuring it out yourself.
Likewise, I remember the first time I brought a girl home who you did not approve. As much as I did not want to listen to your opinions, they were always in the back of head. Your voices really do matter. You have showed me how a girl should act and what her priorities should be. I know that you will be her harshest critics but also her biggest supporters.
You guys are the glue that holds us all together. Away at school, I miss family dinners where most of the time we were to busy laughing. to touch the food that was on our plates. I miss your sarcastic arguments with dad and your constant impersonations of movie characters or random accents. I just missing laughing everyday for no reason.
My promise to you is I will always protect you. It is my job, and I promise I will never let you down. I will stand up for you and always have your back. You are and will always be my first priority and that will never change. I will continue to be your rock and shield for as long as you need me.
When I see other families face hardships, I realize how lucky we are. We may not see each other every day but I know that our connection is no less weaker. I can only encourage you to do the best you can and give everything you have. Even if you feel like giving up, I can only hope that you keep fighting and working until you have nothing left.
Thank you for all the lessons you’ve taught me and even if you will never admit it, I have your wrapped around my finger. Thank you for always backing me up and letting me know when I was wrong. You are the best little sisters, and I am so blessed to get the chance to be your big brother. Thank you for being your weird and interesting selves.
Your big brother.
A couple pictures any siblings can relate to.
- Kyle Bell