An open letter to my older sister.

Dear sister,

Thanks for putting up with all my craziness since day one. You shared a room with me for 12 years and only yelled at me occasionally. Thank you for always telling me what I need to hear and not what I want to hear. I have been looking up to you since the first time we used the Easy Bake oven. Thank you for demonstrating such a silent strength and never letting people bring you down.

You understand me better than I understand myself and know every single thing about me. Thanks for a friendship that withstands 365 miles. So many people say we look like twins, and that is an honor because we all know you are the most beautiful inside and out! No one relates to my crazy hair the way you do. Thank you for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone, for having the best wardrobe to steal from and for teaching me the difference between "too", "to" and "two" (I am convinced that started my love for writing). Thank you for being a role model, for making me laugh, and for being on the other end of the phone for my rants, tears, and laughter. There is no one I would have rather sat by on long car rides, thrown stuffed animals at, or had as the most amazing example. Keep being you big sis, cause this life would be far too lonely if I did not have you to be annoying to every single day.

I love you to the moon and back,

Shan

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