If you’re reading this it means that today is the day. After 16 years of growing up with you, I’m heading off to college. This transition is going to be hard for the both of us. There are going to be times when I wish I could run into your room to show you a funny video I just found. Or just flop on your bed to chat. Before I head out, here are some things I want you to know and always remember.
They say that the younger sister admires and looks up to the older sister. But for me, it’s the opposite. I admire you so much and look up to you all the time. I am so proud of the kind-hearted and amazing person you have become. You are so incredibly beautiful, Isabel Delaney. Don’t ever forget that. I love how you are always there to make me laugh. I love how your laugh is insanely contagious. I love making jokes about Murray (Bruce), Henry and anything we can get a good laugh at. I am so blessed to have been able to share so many memories and secrets with you (and many more to come). You are the most trustworthy person I know and I know that I can trust you with my life.
You are just embarking on the wonderful journey of high school. There will be ups, downs everything in between and memories to last a lifetime. You may not realize who your true friend group is until senior year. You may become close with new people senior year that you will wish you became closer with sooner. But always remember things can change in an instant and people who you think are your best friends and have your best interests in mind can be the complete opposite. If this happens, remember it’s not worth your time and energy. Surround yourself with people who are genuine and who lift you up. Trust me, you will be so much happier in the end.
High school is like a roller coaster, little sis. You just have to stick in there. You have always stayed out of all of the drama, which I admire so much in you. So keep staying out of it, it’s not worth your time. I know I will not be able to be here right next to you through the rest of your high school journey, but I will always be a call, FaceTime, or text away. Never hesitate to call or text me at any time because I will always answer. Please keep me updated while I’m gone. I will miss you so incredibly much and it will not be the same without my built-in roommate right next door.
Remember Mom and Dad are truly your best friends. Do not shut them out of your life. They want to be there for you every step of the way and they give the best advice. You may not think they know what they’re talking about, but trust me, they do. They have lived this same story and only want the best for you. Never be afraid to go to them about anything. They will never judge you and want you to be able to talk to them. Time flies and before you know it you’re going to be a graduate walking across that big stage in the Bojangles Coliseum. So spend as much time with Mom and Dad as you can. If you ask them to go to dinner or the movies, they will always clear their schedule to spend time with you. Take advantage of it while you can. I know they are going to drive you crazy these next few years but you’re going to miss them as soon as they drop you off at college. Even when you might not want to admit it, they are always right.
I am so proud to call you my little sis and would not trade you for anything. You mean the absolute world to me and I love you so much. I will miss you more than words can describe. You are truly a ray of sunshine on the darkest days and you light up every room you walk into. Always know your worth and how talented, kindhearted and beautiful you are. I will always be here for you no matter what.
I love you endlessly.