Thursday, September 25, 2008
You Light Up My Life
My sister, Jenny, and I have the best relationship now....but it wasn't always so. She is my one and only sibling. We are two years apart...I am the oldest. When we were little I was so mean to her. I used to tell her that she wasn't really my sister, that the mailman left her at our house. We have this funny private joke...."I'm gonna tell what the cat did"....we both don't remember why this worked for so long.....I used to say this to her when I wanted her to do something and she would always do it...It always worked. I know the cat pooped behind our couch, but I have no idea why this would of been her fault??? Probably the worst thing I did was to sing "You Light Up My Life" at the top of my lungs ALL THE TIME.....just to bug her. Whenever we were going to go somewhere my parents would send Jenny and I out to the car (now that I'm a parent I realize they did this to get rid of us so they could finish getting ready to go in peace)....anyway, we would get in the car and I would immediately start singing You Light Up My Life, I knew all of the words (I still do). She HATED it!!! She would start screaming for me to stop and this would just egg me on. I have to admit that it's still fun to call her up and sing it to her...and I put the song on my playlist just for her.....I guess, once an older sister, always an older sister.... We didn't always fight...sometimes we played together. We used to draw fashion shows. We would draw pictures of girls in pretty dresses and then judge each others drawings. Every night when it was time to go to bed we would summersault up the stairs...we did this by putting our heads on a step and then rolling up, coming back down and then doing the next step the same way....it was a stall tactic..to keep from going to bed. (I once tried to summersault down the stairs...it hurt). On car trips (we took many car trips) we would sit in the back and take turns squeezing each other cheeks together while we told each other to say things. "say mama"..."say daddy"...."say pickle"...then we would laugh and laugh at how funny it sounded. I have many fond memories of my sister....I also have many things I regret....I wish we'd been closer through our early teens....I wish I'd been nicer to her and been friends with her through some really hard times. I try and tell my kids to be nice to their siblings because when they grow up they will feel bad for being so mean....I guess it's just something you have to learn on your own. I love you Jenny...you are the best sister ever! Thanks for forgiving me for peeing on you in the tub when we were little...I promise I'll never do it again!