The day I were told I were going to be a big sister was something I dreaded. I didn’t want it to be a girl otherwise I’d have to share my bedroom. My brother wished it would be a girl so he didn’t have share his bedroom. I was happy with just my brother! We didn’t need any other sibling. Selfish I know.
On September 15, 1999 we received a phone call to say we had a little sister. ‘Oh no‘ I thought! My brother happy – me not so much. However that soon changed. Our dad picked us up and took us to the hospital to meet her and see our mum. We walked in and saw her cuddled in our mums arms. She was beautiful, tiny and I instantly fell in love. I smiled and said I was going to be the best big sister.
When they arrived home my big sister duties begun. Before school I would ask my mum if I could bottle feed her. We had cuddles before I went to school. I couldn’t wait to get home, I missed her so much. She was lovely and was my precious little sister. Over the first few months I loved pushing her pushchair, cuddles and rocking her to sleep. The bond was forever. I couldn’t love her anymore.
Over the years our bond got stronger and memories were made. As she sat in her rocker we thought we would dress her up and put her under the Christmas tree. Camping holidays, swimming days, bike rides, barbie dolls, trampolines, holidays abroad, dog walks, Tracy Beaker etc. Memories to last forever. Times were hard when we grew up but I loved her no less. At times we argued and would fight over things that seem silly now. We would go hours without speaking each other but laughed when we made up.
Our family has been through many things that have made us stronger. Throughout my sister has been my rock, my best friend. Endless nights we spent crying and comforting each other. She wiped the tears off my cheeks and was my ear to talk to. Anytime of the day I needed her she was there for me. I moved out nearly eighteen months ago and don’t get to see her as often as I wish. Life seems to have drifted us apart but we know we always have each other. Even now, I know she is there when I need her. I am so grateful to have someone as wonderful as my sister in my life.
I love you CMM – forever and always.
“The greatest gift our parents ever gave us was each other”