Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Graduation

Those of you who are oldest siblings will understand the need for this post entirely. Those of you who have a younger sibling will understand the need for this post mostly. Those of you who are proud of your sibling no matter their age in relation to you will understand. That hits the majority of us, doesn't it? To put it plainly, my oldest, younger sister graduated from college this weekend and I am glowing.
My family has always been a huge part of my life. And just like every family, we've gone through our own tests, difficulties, and moments why the roof comes crashing down. But the older I get, the more I understand that those trails not only show you the extent and depth of your strength but to make those moments of joy and celebration, like a graduation, that much more potent. A reminder of why we keep fighting, what the payoff can be, and how in this case, even though you are not the one striding confidently across the stage to take a piece of paper, tears of elation are running down cheeks that hurt from smiling.

In a family as close as mine, and with sisters as passionate as we three, every accomplishment is reflected and magnified by the others. We are the happiness with which we surround ourselves, the strength with which we fight, and the accomplishments we reach whether together or individually, but never alone.

Congratulations to my dearest oldest, younger, middle.

These are for you.

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