A Letter to My Sister on Her Birthday

“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather; 
To cheer one on the tedious way, 
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down, 
To strengthen whilst one stands” 
― Christina Rossetti

A letter to my sister on her birthday: 

Happy Birthday to my darling sister, my friend, my confidante, the keeper of my secrets, the sharer of my life, and the one most likely to keep me humble. You have become an amazing woman—charming, energetic, friendly, honest, selfless, daring, funny, forgiving, kind, sensitive, with an unconditional love for the downtrodden and helpless, loving, supportive, and so much more.

I love that we can talk for hours. I love that we can say one line to each other and laugh for 20 minutes straight without needing any explanations. I love that we see the humor in almost anything and anyone, especially when life gets really tough. I love that your faith in me has lifted me up countless times when I have doubted myself and your sarcasm has picked me up off the floor and told me to walk it off when I thought I did not have the strength. I love that we would stay up at night just to talk to each other and laugh. I love that we keep alive all the best parts of our lives by talking about them and laughing about them all the time. I love that we are so different and yet exactly the same. I love that we share our tears, fears, and our joys and successes and are each other's cheerleaders.

You are so unique. I have never encountered another person who is as passionate about life as you are (or who plays as much Word Racer as you do), or whose heart is more tender than yours. Being so far away from you hurts but when I think of the woman you are becoming, it makes me proud to be your sister! You warm my heart, you make me smile, you melt my heart every time I think of all the doggies you have saved, and you make me laugh out loud and let things go and not take life too seriously. I am sure brothers are great, but sisters are THE BEST and I have the best sister in the world!

Most of all, sweetheart, I love you. I hope you have a fantastic birthday! You deserve it! xoxoxoxo


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