Remember that pinky promise I made to Blog again the next day? Ha...
Sowwy bout that. Well today I hung out with my sister. My 5 year old LITTLE sister.
Who, did I mention, is 5.
Who gets on my nerves.
Who bugs me when I'm with friends.
Who seems to always get whatever she wants.
Who "always ruins everything".
Who I catch in my room playing with my stuff.
Who sometimes, I can't stand.
And guess what...
She's not half bad.
I took her out to the park across the street tonight. We jumped on the trampoline and went on a walk. Wanna know what I noticed about her? She does everything I do. Everything. I did a toe touch, she did a toe touch. I attempted a front flip, she attempted a front flip (and yes, I DO mean attempted... for both of us). Then I took her home and told her she needed to bathe. Of course, she didn't want to. So I told her she could take a bath in her swimsuit. And she was ECSTATIC to go get her swimmy on and take a bath.
In the bath, I washed my hair. She then asked me to wash her hair. I washed my face, she grabbed the bar of soap and rubbed it all over her little cheeks. I shaved my legs, she used her fingers and pretended to shave her legs. When we got out, I got her ready for bed and started painting my toenails. She came up to me with a bottle of polish and said, "Sis, I want some too!" So I did her nails too.
Best part of this whole night...
We went down to the kitchen and I started making her a cup of milk. She started doing a funky dance move that I always do to make her laugh, and she said "Sissy, I taught Makenna this dance today. It's YOUR dance!"
Do I really make this big of an impact on this little girl? The same little girl who I get mad at for wearing my bracelets? The same little girl who I tell to leave me alone? Now THAT'S scary. Jeez.. I hope I'm teaching her well.
Anywho.. tonight made me realize how much I LOVE my little Anna. Of course, I always knew I loved her more than words can even say. But tonight was just a reminder. What on earth would I do if I lost her? She really is a bigger part of my life than I tend to think on a regular basis. And she's a reason I need to be a good example. I don't have a kid (thank the heavens), but I do have a little sister who learns from me, who I am an example to, and who I love more than I'll ever be able to explain.
Life is fragile. One moment can change everything. So love the people you've always loved, and love the people you sometimes can't stand. It's a whole lot easier...