If you never had a big sister…

…Man, you are missing out!  Big sisters are (usually) awesome!

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Sometimes they’re bossy, and they have a tendency to tattle.  A lot.  But, all in all, they’re pretty swell.

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Early on, big sisters are useful for reaching the good stuff, high up (they ALWAYS share):

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Although, I soon caught up…and passed…and kept going.  I’m the big little brother and she’s the little big sister.

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Big sisters will always wake you up on Christmas morning…

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…even if it is to uncomfortably and impatiently pose for a picture in front of the tree.

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Big sisters ALWAYS share, even Easter treats, whether plastic eggs…

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…or real eggs.

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A big sister helps you build the best snowman…

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…and will teach you what cold really is…

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…but will be extremely gracious when, years later, you get her back, in the face.

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In the summer, a big sister lets you have the prime sprinkler spot:

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Best camping buddy?  Big sister.  Hands down.  Even the fine dining in the back of your uncle’s truck.

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Big sisters also serve as great Disneyland guides. (They will have always been there one more time than you.)

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Big sisters are just the best for Trick or Treating:

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…Playing Atari with:

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…and just being bored with (she’s about to get that look in this picture…slap, shove, or tattle…)

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So, from these memories, I see I owe some gratitude.  To my sister, on her 21st 21st birthday, I thank you for:

…always letting me drive, whether car or stagecoach…

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Thank you for always crashing my birthday parties…

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…and letting me crash yours (and apparently be the funniest one there)

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Thanks for letting me be the cool one:

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…and for making me a proud uncle…

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…THREE times!!!

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And even though I somehow came in third in this board game:

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You always…

…pray for me without ceasing

…answer a late night call

…offer wise advice

…keep me accountable

…provide a valuable role model to me

…and have my back and hold me tight, even if it seems I don’t want it…

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and all I can offer in return is my love, my gratitude, and my promise to return the favor and carry you…

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…if you ever (and I mean ever) need it.

Love you, sis.  Happy Birthday.

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